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SLADE: 'We Did Well To Go Again'

29 December 2012

Manager delighted with O's spirit in Walsall win

ORIENT boss Russell Slade was delighted to get back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Walsall on Saturday.

Moses Odubajo struck the winner late on after Sam Mantom had cancelled out David Mooney's first half effort.

And after two weeks without a game due to the weather, Slade was delighted that this one beat the elements as Orient registered a ninth win in ten games.

He said: "It was a great result for us, especially as we got pegged back by an excellent finish from Sam Mantom before Mo's got us the winner.

"It was hard because we hadn't played for two weeks and sometimes you're a little rusty and not as lively as you want to be.

"You're striving for a bigger tempo and sometimes you can't achieve it, but once we got the goal I thought we were much better then.

"Then in the second half the last thing you'd have predicted was a 2-1. It looked like being a 1-0 as they hadn't created a great deal in the second period. I couldn't see a goal coming.

"But the strike was a great one and it got them back it. Mo took the winner very well. We're really pleased with him and he continues to make great progress.

"I'm pleased for Moons too, because he doesn't get too many goals at home. He's got eight in total now, he's in really good nick and there are more goals to come from him."

Slade also had praise for Jamie Jones, restored to the starting line-up in goal for a League game for the first time since August.

He added: "Jamie did fantastic, pulled off two great saves in the first half when we needed him to. That'll do him the world of good.

"We've got two good goalkeepers in him and Ryan, so that's fantastic."

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