Slade says O’s ‘showed more desire’

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: O's boss Russell Slade O's boss Russell Slade

LEYTON Orient manager Russell Slade suggested his team showed more desire to win in their weekend victory over Swindon Town.

Orient picked up their second win in a week to rise to the top of League One, as Lloyd James scored two penalties to condemn Town to their 10th away defeat in the league this season.

After the game, Slade aired his delight with his players, saying: "The important thing was to get the win and we're probably at the top because we've played a couple of games more than the teams in and around us.

"But it was all about us getting the performance and wanting it a little bit more than the opposition today. I thought we were well worth the three points."

Orient had missed seven penalties this term prior to James’s first spot-kick and Slade was delighted with his midfielder’s coolness from 12 yards.

The O’s boss said: "Lloyd was grappling for the ball with Chris Dagnall. We knew it was one of those two that would take it but Lloyd was obviously very confident and he scored twice this afternoon, so that has probably doubled his tally for the season so I'm sure he will be delighted."

Dagnall hit a post and had a second-half header disallowed by referee Gavin Ward for a foul in the build-up, which Slade felt was harsh on the striker.

He said: "He (Dagnall) has been unlucky today.

“He's hit the post and then there's barely any contact with that header. I don't really know why we haven't got that goal but the important thing was we were creating chances all afternoon.

“Not only that but without the ball I thought we were excellent."

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