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SLADE: 'The Spirit Is Good'

20 November 2012

Togetherness helped us get through sticky patch, now let's push on says boss

AFTER travelling 886 miles in the last six days, Orient's marathon week on the road continues on Tuesday evening with another 214 to clock up on their visit to Portsmouth.

The journeys may have been draining, but that hasn't shown in results as Russell Slade's men backed up a 2-0 win at Gloucester City in the FA Cup with a 4-1 demolition of Carlisle on their return to League 1 action.

The manager has been delighted with his team's return to form and believes their work ethic could carry them to another positive result at Fratton Park.

"It's another away game and it doesn't get any easier," he said. "We're off to Portsmouth and that will be a difficult game as well.

"We need to make sure our attitude is really bang on and players also have to take responsibility for making sure they're eating the right things and getting the rest in preparation for the game because they're coming so thick and fast right now.

"When you have those long journeys it helps when you get positive results. That's what we've been able to do and in terms of spirits, they're good. It's nice that the group as a whole have been able to turn it around."

After the O's lost their fourth game on the trot at MK Dons two weeks ago, Slade insisted that the Londoners were inches rather than miles away from reversing their slump and that has been borne out with three consecutive victories.

But the boss says his team will not rest on their laurels and are hungry to keep the run going.

He continued: "It just shows it's a fine line and it doesn't take too much to turn it around, but also by the same token it doesn't take too much for it to drop back into that area where you're not quite winning football matches.

"We're mindful of that but we hope that we've learned from that spell when we were losing those games. That hurt and it was a difficult period for us. We need to make sure and ensure we don't go back to that."

Tuesday's opponents have endured a difficult start to the campaign to go along with their poor health off the pitch, but Slade is wary of the quality they possess and knows the O's will need to be at their best.

He added: "They might have a long-standing financial situation, but you've only got to look at the players somehow they've been able to bring in and it's reasonably impressive for this league.

"They've got some good players - Brian Howard in midfield, McLeod up front and they've just signed Benson too. They've got experience, perhaps for one reason or another they haven't been performing, but they'll be wanting to put that right.

"They're on a losing run, and we know how dangerous that is, and we know at some stage they're going to come through that."

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