Orient boss Slade makes a case for the defence

O’s head to Brentford looking for a fith clean sheet

Orient travel to Brentford on Saturday looking to keep their fifth successive clean sheet.

Russell Slade’s side are now just five points off the play-off places and have three games in hand over the MK Dons, who are currently in sixth place.

The team’s defensive displays have played a key role in the success and after Tuesday night’s win at Hartlepool O’s boss Russell Slade admitted: “The clean sheet was really pleasing, because we had to be resilient in the end, having completely dominated the first period.

“We scored one before half time and should have had a penalty, so I thought we were unlucky not to be 2-0 up at least at the break.

“Hartlepool changed their shape and went three in midfield and three up front to try and put pressure on us and stop us playing out from the back.

“They made life much more difficult, but it’s credit to us that we made the home side change.

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“We want to play the nice football of course, but the other side of the game is doing the basics right - winning your tackles, headers and putting your neck on the line when it matters. We did all of those things.”