December 4 2013 Latest news:
By Tom Moore
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade paid tribute to his side’s spirit after the O’s won their eighth league game in a row by seeing of the challenge of London rivals Brentford on Monday night.
Having battled for the first hour of the game they were given a break when Shaleum Logan brought down David Mooney to concede a 65th minute penalty.
The in-form frontman dusted himself down to dispatch the spot-kick with aplomb for his eighth goal of the season and, five minutes from time, Moses Odubajo played substitute Shaun Batt through to seal the victory.
And Slade paid tribute to the collective spirit of his side.
“To get eight on the bounce is a terrific return,” he said. “There are no energy sappers in there, they are all energisers.
“We have got a great bond and a great team spirit.
“When you have got that relationship between me and the players, that is something that has been going on for a while.
“As fantastic as the eight wins on the bounce is, our form was pretty good before that [the O’s have lost twice in their last 21 league games].
“We always ask ourselves can we do better. There is a big trust between me and the players on the pitch. When there is a difficult period, that tests it.”
Orient had to battle for the first hour of the match with Nathan Clarke producing an outstanding performance in central defence to keep the Bees at bay but Slade was quick to pay tribute to the entire back line.
“That is the beauty of the side,” he added.
“Sometimes it is Mooney and Lisbie getting us the goals to win us games.
“Defensively, the whole back four was excellent and put their bodies on the line.
“It was a solid performance, I do not think it was our best performance.”
The result restores the O’s five point lead at the top of the table and Slade is keen to protect his players.
He said: “The important thing is to look after them because we only have a small group.
“In terms of the training and recovery, we have to get that right.
“They are such a good group and they are really self motivated. This group understand why they want to be successful.”
The winning run has even led to talk of emulating the likes of Arsenal and going an entire season unbeaten but Slade ruled that out saying: “No. Jesus.”