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
Here's hoping for some fantasy Football at Brisbane Road Saturday v Hartlepool
Well Russel Slade has taken the advice of the cast of Glee, (Don’t Stop Believing – or was it Skinner and Baddiel – We Still Believe) and we here at Blog Towers want to know your feelings. Is saturday’s home clash with Hartlepool the time for Orient to turn recent results on their head and show the potential they’ve been promising since the start of the season? Vote below. Up the O’s
Keep checking back for results, and tomorrow for a match preview.
A Lewis Buxton goal from a Wednesday corner gave the home team the points despite Orient being on top for periods of the game.
Alex Revell and Dean Cox both had chances in the first half with Cox also firing wide in the second half when he could have done better. Tyrrel Forbes had an effort cleared off the line in the second half.
Towards the end, manager Russel Slade threw on extra strikers Tehoue and James Walker, but O’s couldn’t get the goal their performance deserved.
Speaking on Radio 5live commentary, Phil Brown said that man of the match would have to be Alan Irvine (Wednesday manager) for his half-time team-talk which gave the Sheffield players the kick up the butt they needed.
The result leaves the eastenders with 9 points from 11 games, and in the bottom two, but Brown and fellow commentator Connor Macnamara believes their league position is false after an impressive performance. Small consolation for the o’s.
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!!)