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SLADE: 'That Was Hard On My Team'

16 January 2013

Manager proud of O's performance but disappointed by defeat

ORIENT boss Russell Slade felt Orient deserved more than they got from their FA Cup with Budweiser third round tie against Hull City.

Denied a victory at the KC Stadium by a last gasp leveller, they were then denied a penalty shootout in the replay by Tom Cairney's winner three minutes from the end of injury time.

Slade felt the O's had again performed admirably and should have taken a positive result from the tie.

"I think that was very hard on my team," he said.

"We've played 210 minutes against Hull City and i think we've been a little unfortunate not to get through to the fourth round. I couldn't have asked for any more, the lads dug so deep, as they have done over recent games. I felt for them tonight.

"Four of them had to have fitness tests before the game too and three put themselves up. We lost one after 45 minutes, but the frustrating thing from the lads' point of view tonight is that we've scored a goal which is a yard and a half onside.

"Cookie's tapped it in and the linesman's not done his job to be fair."

Orient's manic schedule continues over the next six weeks and the boss says they have to take pride from their performance on Tuesday.

He added: "Of course we can take pride from this. We've got a lot of games coming up - we've had five already in January, it's only the 15th and there's a lot more to come.

"The spirit's so good and we've just got to keep that going, keep battling away."

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