Goals from Jimmy Smith, Alex Revell, Paul Jose-Empoku and Jonathan Tehoue helped the Eastender’s to a 4-2 win over their Essex neighbours and revenged the defeat earlier in the season when the O’s led 2-0 early on but lost 3-2. After the game Russel Slade spoke to BBC London and this is a snapshot of what he said…
“we showed great character, to come back from saturday’s result at Brighton, we were better in the first half and in the second it was end to end, on another day we could have won more comfortable, Dean Cox played well, and Jimmy. Jamie will want to forget about that goal. But credit, we were under pressure at 3-2 and we went down the other end and made it 4-2. It’s pleasing that the guys can come off the bench and score. Colchester have only conceded 7 away from home before today, and we’ve scored 4 against them…”
Orient moved up to 17th in the table with 27 points, 5 clear of the relegation zone, and only 6 points off the play-offs! Well stranger things have happened… Next up Norwich away in the FA Cup. Up The O’s
After the narrowest of 1-0 wins, Wednesday manager Alan Irvine admitted “we didn’t play well but we won 1-0, at the end fo the season that could be three useful points.
O’s manager Russel Slade said he was proud of the performance despite losing 1-0. You can hear both reactions and a match report from the BBC here
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While the O’s (and other London based lower league teams) sometimes struggle to get 3 or 4 lines in the daily edition of the Evening Standard, there are occasional days when the publication goes the extra mile and publishes an interview with someobody from the club, be it, Hearn, Porter a player or the manager.
Last week was one of those such occasions and any O’s fan bothered enough to pick up a free copy of London’s only evening paper on thursday, the night before our derby v Brentford, were treated to an insightful interview with manager Russel Slade.
A couple of scribbled notes I made before passing the paper to a fellow O..
- Slade lives in one of the corner flats on the ground!!
- His wife and kids live 200 miles away in Scarborough, sees weekends.
- Thinks we can/will improve on current position and form
- Nigel Quashie is training with Orient, experience rubbing off on younger players, but no suggestion we will sign him.
- We’ve only conceded 4 goals from open play, the rest were from set pieces.
- Defence need more time to gel and work together.
- Only disappointing performance so far was the no-show v Dagenham, and hoping not repeated v Brentford (it wasn’t!!)
The interview can be found here…
Half-time report c/o Recorder group here
Full time report c/o Orient website here
Reaction c/o Guardian group here
HERE VIA BBC LONDON
Fair play to Dagenham (& Redbridge), they were the better team today.
Not sure what the referee saw for the penalty appeal, don’t quite understand the ruling on that anymore.
Roberts great safe from Revell, could have got us back in it.
But I don’t feel we deserved to win a football match today.
Dave Victor (BBC London) Was fatigue a factor?, (after playing Brighton on Wednesday)
Maybe it did, but it’s not an excuse.
It’s the end of a busy week for us. Revell had to come off injured for us, but we’re more hurt in terms of pride than physically.
More on this show at a future date on the blog, but I hear the Orient v Leeds game will get a good feature on this programme tonight on BBC1.
Kick off as they say is at 11.30pm presented by Mark Chapman
Notts County (released)
Fulham (Stoke) Peterborough
Notts Forest Colchester/Barnet
Brentford – camden market
Chester – Northwitch – Barrow
Shrewsbury – Brentford
Notts County – Steveange – Cambridge Utd
Port Vale Shrewsbury
Donny Barnard –
Other squad players
released on Monday