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Slade: 'Let's Take It To The Wire'

15 April 2013

Manager talks to Orient World

ORIENT manager Russell Slade spoke of his pride of his squad as they bounced back from defeat at Colchester to overcome an in-form MK Dons side and put themselves within a point of the play-offs. 

He said: “I was proud of the players, we stuck to our task, played with energy and pressed the ball well and created a good couple of openings in the first period but didn’t put them away but were patient and I was delighted for Gary Sawyer to get his first for the club.

“I thought Romain Vincelot and Nathan Clarke were terrific at the back. Jamie Jones is making saves when he needs to at the moment and I was delighted to get a clean sheet under our belts.”

It was Kevin Lisbie who sealed it for the O’s to notch his 16th goal of the season and Slade was pleased with the part Dean Cox played in the goal as he moved into a more central role for the final stages.

“Charlie MacDonald was suffering a little bit with his hamstring so we knew at some stage we probably had to make a change. Coxy [Dean Cox] is a clever player and can cause problems in there and his link-up with Kevin Lisbie was good also I want to give Cookie [Lee Cook] a mention who put some delicious balls in when he came on,” he said.

Attentions now turn to Swindon who take on Crewe on Tuesday and currently occupy sixth position, a point ahead of both the O’s and Walsall. Dropped points from the Robins would put Orient right back in the picture with two games to play. 

“If we can possibly take it to the last game of the season that’d be fantastic,” said Slade. 


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