ORIENT manager Russell Slade has spoken ahead of his side’s trip to Coventry on Saturday and again spoken of his desire to take the season down to the wire.
Swindon’s midweek victory over Crewe has again stacked the odds against the O’s making the play-offs but the O’s boss has not given up just yet.
He said: “I wanted to get that 13th home victory last Saturday and we got that. It’s kept the season going albeit with Swindon winning on Tuesday night, we go to Coventry knowing what we’ve got to do and we want to take the season down to the last game.
“We can only control what we do. It’s a good club to go to, steeped in history and hopefully there will be a good crowd there as well.”
The treatment room continues to be a busy place at Brisbane Road at the moment though Slade admits that he is trying not to let that get to him.
“There are fresh injury concerns but I’ve stopped worrying about it now to be honest, things could always be worse! But we have an 11 that I know will go out there and do their very best,” he said.
“It shows the lack of depth when we get a few injuries that we’ve got to call in a few of the young lads to be a part of the squad. It’s a good opportunity for the young lads though and the chances of them getting some football on Saturday are pretty high.”
Saturday’s trip to the midlands will be the O’s first visit to the Ricoh Arena and though their season is effectively over following their points deduction for going into administration, Slade is wary of the test they present.
“Coventry have had to settle for another season at this level. That’ll be a concern to them certainly next season but I’d think the new manager will have gone in there and be keen to put down the roots and the foundations now,” said Slade.
Meanwhile the club yesterday announced that it is offering 1,500 free season tickets to youngsters and Slade hopes that it will boost the atmosphere in E10.
“I think it’s fantastic, if we can get 1,500 extra people in the ground and get the attendances up to and beyond 5,000 then hopefully we’ll have a fantastic atmosphere. It’s a great thing to do and I’m hoping that lots of young people take up the option.”