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SLADE: 'It's A Big Game For Both Clubs'

8 January 2013

Manager wants to take another step closer to Wembley on Tuesday night

ORIENT aim to take another step down the road to Wembley when they take on Yeovil Town in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Section semi-final on Tuesday, but manager Russell Slade is refusing to get carried away by the prospect of a trip to the national stadium.

Just two rounds stand between the O's and that showpiece occasion, but the boss knows the O's are in for a stern test from his former club at Brisbane Road first.

It was only eight days ago that the Glovers scored three unanswered goals past a below-par Orient in npower League 1 and Slade says his team will have to defend a lot better on this occasion.

He told Orient Player: "It wasn’t a good day for us at their place. We will have to defend a lot better tonight than we did last week that’s for sure. 

"There were a couple of errors that day which don’t happen very often for us. We eradicated those on Saturday so let’s hope it’s another long run of games before we make mistakes like that again.

"It’s an important one for us with the potential of a trip to Wembley a couple of rounds away.

"We can’t afford to look that far ahead because we’ll have a couple of hard games to get through to get there – we could be a million miles away from it or we could be virtually touching it at the final whistle, so it’s a big football game for both clubs."

The O's chief had to withdraw Dean Cox from the action at Hull on Saturday due to a thigh injury, and he expects to be forced into a couple of changes from his weekend line-up, although he was remaining tight-lipped on the specifics of his squad.

He added: "Following on from this evening we’re about to go through another period with a lot of games and there’ll be a few players who will be missing tonight. 

"Whoever comes in will have to do a job and I’m sure they will."

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