Orient boss Slade admits things won’t get any easier

Top-scorer Cox could be out for six weeks

Orient boss Russell Slade admitted that the gloss has been taken off his side’s FA Cup against Bromley last weekend by an injury to top scorer Dean Cox.

The O’s winger has netted seven times this season, but could be out until the New Year after suffering a knee injury during the 3-0 first round success.

“It’s Dean’s medial ligaments, so it’s probably four to six weeks. That’s probably the most disappointing thing to be honest,” reflected Slade.

“It look’s like we have lost him for some time as he’s walked out of the ground on crutches.”

However, the O’s boss was delighted his side were able to stretch their unbeaten run to nine games and admitted: “The overall thing for us was to keep that momentum going and the fact that we are nine unbeaten now is great for us.

“There would have been nothing more disappointing and difficult to deal with than getting beaten and having to bounce back.

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“We have got some tough games coming up, Stevenage at home and Sheffield Wednesday away. November doesn’t get any easier,” he said.

After reaching the fifth round of the competition last season the O’s chief would love to have a run in the competition again and the O’s have another home tie against either Bournemouth or Gillingham in the second round.

“The early rounds are tricky and they are difficult to get through as it proved last season,” said Slade, who was happy to avoid Saturday’s potential banana-skin against Bromley.

“They were strong opposition for us and they can be proud of what they achieved and the Bromley fans were magnificent too,” said Slade.