Orient boss Slade demands resilience after Wycombe defeat
“I was disappointed with all three goals”
Orient boss Russell Slade will looking for his side to tighten up when they travel to Brentford on Saturday.
“We have got to be more resilient,” warned Slade as the O’s head to Griffin Park still without a League One point and on the back of a 3-1 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers.
The O’s chief is not happy with his side’s defensive frailties: “I was disappointed with all three goals we conceded against Wycombe,” he said.
“The first one was second phase from a corner when we were a little bit headless, we have not done our jobs, we have not picked up as the ball is thrown back in again and it’s just a simple header because we’re not close enough.”
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Dean Cox levelled things up, but Wycombe regained their advantage inside a minute when O’s skipper Stephen Dawson conceded a penalty.
“I’m not sure whether it was or it wasn’t,” said Slade. “But it looked a bit clumsy I have to say. I’m not sure whether ‘Daws’ (Stephen Dawson) has seen him anyway, coming from his right shoulder, it’s just disappointing.
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“It’s just a soft goal. I thought we could have put them under a bit more pressure from the kick-off having got back into the game.
“We were just starting to have a good spell, but we’re kicking ourselves in the foot right now.”
The one crumb of comfort was that Orient did manage to score their first league goal of the new campaign when Dean Cox netted with a strike from the edge of the area.
“It was the best move of the game to be honest,” said Slade.
“We were just starting to play some enterprising football. Played at a tempo, we were just starting to open Wycombe up.
“Even at 2-1 I thought the game was very much on. I thought the killer was the third goal just after half-time.”
Joel Grant added the all-important strike on 50 minutes and again it was down to poor defending.
“We’ve missed a header, we have missed a tackle, a cross has come in and we have not been close enough again to stop a header.”
But it was not only Orient’s defensive problems that worried Slade:“We have not done well enough in front of goal,” he said.
“And we have given away two really soft goals. It’s goals that change football matches and right now we are not giving ourselves that opportunity to get in the driving seat.
“We are having to come from behind and sometimes it’s not easy when you’re desperate to get that first win.”