Swindon trip perfect time to return to winning ways - Orient boss Slade
PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:33 24 November 2013
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Orient boss Russell Slade has an almost full squad for the trip to Swindon - and he’s confident they can get back on track following consecutive defeats.
Reverses in the cup and League One against Stevenage and Preston respectively have somewhat halted their fast start to the season but he believes the visit to the West Country is the perfect time to arrest that sequence.
Slade said: “We’ve only lost once away in the league. We’re confident we can get back on track and prove the last couple of games are just a blip rather than a bad run.”
Midfielder Lloyd James is a doubt for tomorrow’s game after limping off with an ankle injury against Preston.
It is also touch and go for forward Shaun Batt, who has stitches in a knee injury, but Mathieu Baudry is available to start after returning from a knee injury to play 20 minutes off the bench last weekend.
Fellow midfielder Josh Wright, signed on an emergency loan from Millwall this week, is ready to be considered for the squad straight away despite making only two appearances for the Lions this season.
Slade said: “He’s quite a naturally fit boy anyway so there’s no problems there.
“He’s an excellent addition to the squad.”
Joe Garner’s winner for Preston saw Orient drop off the top of League One for the first time this season and the manager is expecting another tough game against Swindon.
The Robins currently occupy the final play-off place and have lost just once at home in the league this season - against Walsall last month.
Slade said: “Swindon are very strong at home so we’re expecting a difficult game.
“They’re strong in midfield and they’re fairly free-scoring at the County Ground. It’s very Jekyll and Hyde when compared to their away performances.”
Swindon striker Nile Ranger is unlikely to feature after missing a number of training sessions while he tries to sort out his legal difficulties.
He is due to stand trial accused of rape in January.
Slade’s opposite number Mark Cooper sung the praises of the job he’s done at Orient in the last year.
He said: “I spoke to the manager a couple of weeks ago at a game and hes basically been able to put together a really strong group of players. He knows their characters and what he’s going to get week after week - and you can’t win every game.
“Because they’ve been playing so well they lose a couple and suddenly it’s Doomsday, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty more games they win this season.
“He’s done brilliantly. If you look deeper into it, with the way they finished last season, I think over the last 40-odd games they’ve got 90 points. It’s no fluke is it?
“Kevin Lisbie is a good player and David Mooney, if he plays, has been scoring a lot of goals but our two have done alright as well.
“He’s done a remarkable job but I hope he won’t be too happy on Saturday night.”
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