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Slade calls for ruthless streak

21 November 2012

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade called on his men to show their "ruthless" side after they held on for a 3-2 triumph over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

The O's collected their fourth straight victory to consign Pompey to their seventh consecutive loss in all competitions.

Slade was pleased to see his side maintain their winning streak which was preceded by four straight defeats, but he was concerned to see the Blues storm back into the game.

He said: "It's another fabulous result away from home. I didn't think it should have been left for a nervy last 10 or 15 minutes really. It was an entertaining game, for sure. But we didn't need it to be so entertaining. We should have been home and dry. We had chances galore, to be honest. I think we needed to be that little bit more ruthless.

"When we were in that losing spell, no-one felt sorry for us. People just rammed it home and rammed it down our throats. That's what I've asked for from my team. When we've got our foot on somebody's throat, we don't let it up. We finish them off."

Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham was fuming with a lacklustre first-half display from his men.

He said: "It doesn't take a genius to see that the players are low on confidence. But that doesn't excuse anyone from working hard and we didn't do that in the first half. There were some choice words at half-time. Andy Awford (Whittingham's assistant coach) got angrier than me.

"It was just a case of telling them that they are professional footballers, they represent this great club and they needed to make sure they went out in the second half and worked like professional footballers.

"For me and Andy, the second half was completely different from the first in terms of running. That's the basics of football. If you're not prepared to work hard, then don't be at the football club. That's all people want here - players who give 100 per cent. They didn't do that in the first half and they know they didn't do that."

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