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SLADE: 'It's Not A Good Point'

23 January 2013

O's boss felt team could have made more of Brentford chance

ORIENT may have taken a point from high-flying Brentford thanks to Lee Cook's late leveller at Griffin Park on Tuesday, but manager Russell Slade wasn't satisfied with the draw.

Playing against 10 men for half an hour, Slade felt his side should have claimed the win, and said that if it hadn't been for poor defending, they would have taken maximium points home.

As it was they had to settle for the one, after Lee Cook backed up Martin Rowlands' stunning opener with a fine strike of his own to ensure a final 2-2 scoreline.

He said: "It doesn't feel like a good point at all. If Moons scores the penalty we win the game 3-2 anyway, but we've created six wonderful opportunities.

"We needed to do it consistently right in both boxes - to be ruthless in our own box, which we weren't and we've let in two soft goals, being bullied for the second goal.

"We needed to do it right in the opposing box as well - if we had done it right in both boxes, quite simply we'd have come away with the three points.

"They were two great strikes [from Cook and Rowlands], but then look at the goals Brentford have scored against us. We've been bullied to be frank, I'm really disappointed with that.

"We've got to be stronger and we've got to man up a bit in the box.

"I pride myself, and the team does, on getting those kind of things right and doing it properly. By and large we've done that all season but tonight - no.

"We've had to work very, very hard to get back in the game and the work ethic was phenomenal, and our attitude too. When we got the extra man we dominated and I think they were glad to see the end of the game."


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