We will work harder insists Orient boss Slade

‘Football can sometimes kick you in the teeth’

Orient boss Russell Slade insisted his team will be working hard to put things right after they slipped to their second 1-0 defeat of the season against Tranmere Rovers.

Dave Buchanan’s long-range strike on the hour left the O’s still searching for their first points of the season and Slade admitted “All I do know is that you have to work harder in these situations, so we will go back to the training ground and work harder and try and put it right,” said the O’s boss.

“The two goals we have conceded are ‘goals of the season’ really one from 33 or 34 yards and today’s was probably a little bit further.

“It’s difficult to take really, but hopefully over the course of the season, we will get our fair share from outside the box that wins us a football match.”

O’s created more chances than the visitors and just about had the edge, but failed to cash in and Slade added: “Sometimes it’s difficult to put your finger on why you have not won a football match or you have not got something out of a game and, to be honest, the first two games of the season we have drawn a blank.

“All you can say is we have not scored a goal in those two games and it makes life a lot easier if you can get a goal in either of your games. We have not been able to do that so far and today we conceded one off the back of the best spell of the game for us.”

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After Orient’s battling extra-time win at Southend on Tuesday night with 10-men, Slade added: “It’s difficult to know or judge how much that 120 minutes took out of us.

“However, I think we tried to keep going and we won a few corners, perhaps we ran out of ideas a little bit.

“They were reduced to the one opportunity in the first period and one opportunity in the second. “But that’s football sometimes it can kick you in the teeth and it’s kicking us in the teeth right now.