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Orient boss Slade expected Notts County response

Orient manager Russell Slade, Pic by Simon O'Connor Orient manager Russell Slade, Pic by Simon O'Connor

Sunday, March 9, 2014
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Orient’s goalless draw at Notts County is not a game which will live long in the memory.

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But as the O’s failed to find the net for just the second time in League One this season, manager Russell Slade refused to be drawn on whether it was one point gained or two lost at Mewdow Lane.

“I won’t know whether that will be a good point or not until the end of the season,” he said.

“It was a difficult surface for both teams but there are no excuses there.

“It’s a very difficult surface to get a strike off. Players were taken three touches instead of two and two instead of one.”

The Magpies lost 6-0 to Rotherham last time out.

Slade thinks it was not the best time to face Notts County as “there had to be a response.”

“If there was not a good time to come to Notts County it was probably now,” the boss admitted.

“There had to be a response after losing 6-0 and they got a fantastic one.

“In the second half we put them under some pressure and probably should have got a goal.

“We haven’t lost again, the group’s doing so well. You think if you can just nick a goal it will be a fantastic result.”

Next up is a trip to Vale Park to take on Port Vale on Tuesday, a ground where the O’s do not have a great record.

Defender Mathieu Baudry is again likely to miss out with a hamstring injury while top scorer David Mooney is 50/50 to recover from the bruised ribs which ruled him out of yesterday’s clash.

Slade said: “We’ll do our best and give everything on Tuesday, as we always do.

“All I know is that Port Vale are a physical side and it will be a difficult game.

“The support were excellent, as the away fans have been all season and hopefully it will be the same.”

Mooney’s injury meant a place on the bench for Jamar Loza yesterday.

It marked the end of his loan from Norwich City, and Slade said the club will discuss the possibility of extending it.

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