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SLADE: 'It Was A Worthwhile Point'

30 January 2013

ORIENT manager Russell Slade felt it was a case of a point gained on Tuesday night as his side battled the elements and an in-form Swindon side to earn a 0-0 draw.

“The conditions were very, very difficult for both teams tonight and to be fair to Swindon, I thought they set their stall out better in the first half but we came into it in the second period and earned ourselves a really worthwhile point.” He said. 

“We asked for total commitment and I think we got that from the team tonight. We put our bodies on the line with a few blocks and obviously the back four will take a lot of praise for that, but also the midfield as well, they worked tirelessly to make it very difficult for Swindon to break us down.”

The first half was one that will not live long in the memory but the second period was one of more excitement with chances for both sides, and Slade admitted that they could have perhaps stolen a win.

“It did open up and with us playing on Saturday and Swindon being a bit fresher, they probably thought that they could push on and get the game won but in the last five minutes the best chance of the match fell to us and it was a terrific save from Jimmy Smith and with a little bit more fortune we could have come away with all three points.” 

The O’s also had two shouts for a penalty denied by referee Andy D’Urso but the O’s boss was refusing to get too hung up on those.

“We looked at the Cook one, there was slight contact though not a lot but again you’ve seen them given when you watch the replays. On the Moses one I haven’t had a look at that but we can’t affect that now and the conditions were probably the winner at the end of the day and maybe the referee took that into account. 

“We want to be a difficult team to beat all round whether we’re at home or away and there’s a nice resilience at the minute in the side and we need to keep that going.” 

With the transfer window coming to a close, Slade also admitted there is a slight possibility of some comings and goings before the end of the month.

“You never really know, there’s maybe a little bit I’d like to do but I am generally very, very happy with the group that we’ve got and hopefully if we can get Lis [Kevin Lisbie] and Nathan Clarke back, we’ll be in an even stronger position.”


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