Manager bemoans poor start, gives an injury update and states his hopes for the final three games
ORIENT manager Russell Slade was critical of his side after conceding two early goals cost them dearly at Colchester.
He said: “The performance wasn’t great, in the first half an hour I was really disappointed, there were a few home truths at half time and we got a lifeline through Kevin Lisbie and I thought we got a reaction and dominated the second half.
“When you let in two really poor goals in the opening period, you’re always chasing the game and it’s difficult. I just didn’t have enough of a performance from too many players in the first 30 minutes and I was disappointed with that.
“I thought when Shaun Batt came on he made a huge difference to us, he gave us the energy we needed and got us on the front foot.”
With three games to go and the play-offs starting to seem out of reach, Slade is challenging his players to find the desire to end the season strongly.
“They are professionals, there has to be a degree of self-motivation from the players to finish the season as strongly as possible, there’s also a few out of contract too which should be another motivations for players hoping to set their stall out for next year so for a variety of reasons it’s important that we get the performance levels up and get the performances that I require,” he said.
“It’s unlikely that any of the injured players will feature again this year with the exception of Lee Cook. Gary Sawyer could have possibly done 15 minutes for us today but he’s got an ankle injury.”
Slade was also grateful for the O’s fans as almost a thousand of them made the journey across Essex and despite some fans being content that his side have challenged as well as they have for the play-offs this season, he warned his side that they must learn to go that extra mile to get the job done.
“Our fans were great, it’s just disappointing that we couldn’t send them home happy.
“You have to keep pushing, you can’t got soft, we’ve got to learn that.”
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