Orient boss warns that squad are playing for their futures

Slade: “I need to make decisions on people”

Orient manager Russell Slade has warned his team they are playing for their futures between now and the end of the season.

The O’s entertain promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and after a 4-1 mauling at MK Dons in midweek Slade warned: “We have a bit of a soft underbelly at times and that disappoints me, because I hate that in teams.

“I don’t like to see that. I like to see us roll our sleeves up.

“That’s what I’ve asked for between now and the end of the season, because with 10 games to go I need to make decisions on people.”

The Orient chief admitted his side were second best all over the park on Tuesday night.

“This is a difficult place to come to, but it was a lesson for us,” he admitted.

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“When I say lesson, that’s where we need to be. We want to play football like them, but to be honest, they were better in most departments. They caused us problems, particularly down the sides against our full-backs.

“We haven’t stopped the ball getting across or we’ve been beaten too easily on too many occasions.

“The goals we conceded were horrendous and you can’t concede four goals anywhere and expect to get a result.

“What I do want is that work ethic, that togetherness and that sense of responsibility both individually and collectively.

“We have got a talented bunch here, but we have got to be much more consistent. They are letting me down a little bit at the minute and they are letting themselves down.”