Four more points for survival, that’s Slade’s verdict after Charlton defeat
“We need to push on and get the season done and dusted”
Orient manager Russell Slade believes that his side need four points from their last seven games to make sure of League One survival.
The O’s slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Charlton, as they fell behind to an early goal when Yann Kermorgant sent Rhoys Wiggins racing down the left and his cross was converted by Scott Wagstaff from close range.
O’s gradually got a toe-hold in the game and they had their best spell just before substitute Dany N’Guessan put the issue beyond doubt with a header eight minutes from the end.
“We need to push on and get the season done and dusted and we probably need another four points for survival,” said Slade.
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“Then we can rebuild in the summer and hopefully have a season like we did last year.”
The O’s boss was annoyed with his team’s slow start. “I was disappointed with the first 10 minutes,” he said.
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“I didn’t think we started with the intensity we needed in a local derby and probably that’s come off the back of two tough games we had against Sheffield Wednesday and Oldham.
“We switched off from a quickly taken free-kick which caught us napping early on, but we grinded our way back into the game and Matt Spring had a shot well saved.
“But we were well and truly in it during the second period, but a goal in the last 10 minutes settled it.
“It was a fantastic cross from Cook, but he shouldn’t have been allowed to get the ball across in the first place.
“That’s the difference between the two sides during the season. Charlton are solid switched on at every situation. Nothing flash, they stick to their jobs and they have had a remarkably good season.
“From our point of view it’s a period of transition, we have lost a few of our better players during the season, but we still played some really good football.
“Even today in the second period Charlton couldn’t get the ball off us, but we have to learn to be more solid and ruthless when we have lost the ball.”
More injury worries for the O’s saw Scott Cuthbert carried off just after the half-hour. “It’s a serious hamstring injury,” lamented Slade.