Orient boss Slade is delighted the play-off dream is still alive

We did everything we could over Easter insists O’s manager

Orient head into the final two games of the season with their play-off dream still alive.

A maximum six-point haul over the Easter holidays means the O’s are just three points behind sixth-placed Bournemouth.

Russell Slade’s side entertain Tranmere on Saturday and then travel to Plymouth on the final day of the season.

The Cherries and MK Dons are both in Orient’s sights, although both clubs only need one win from their final two games to end Slade’s hopes of gatecrashing the top six.

But the O’s chief is delighted to keep the season alive for so long.

“It’s a dream to go into our last home game of the season with everything still to play for,” said the Orient boss.

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“Even when we were on our good run, that was the target.”

Things could have been even better for the O’s, when Bournemouth trailed Bristol Rovers on Monday, but two goals in the last six minutes saw the Cherries come from behind to take maximum points.

“It shows what incredible twists and turns there are and that win could just have done it for Bournemouth, but although it’s not in our hands, we will keep battling,” said Slade.

“We could also mathematically catch MK Dons now. So it’s not done and dusted and it would be really exciting if we could take it to the last game.

“Everything we had to do over Easter we did. We couldn’t have done any more – and we did it with six players missing.”

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