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Slade hails O's show

17 October 2012

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade praised the quality of his side's performance which saw them record a 1-0 win against Hartlepool at Brisbane Road.

Ryan Brunt, on loan from Stoke, netted his third goal of the season to give the O's the points, although the scoreline was hardly a reflection of the one-sided nature of the game.

Slade said: "I thought it as an excellent performance, particularly in the first half. The only thing missing was three or four more goals that, to be quite honest, we deserved."

He added: "I'm really proud of my team and they gave me a wonderful response after their disappointing show last Saturday. But we got the goal that mattered and all credit to Ryan Brunt because he's had his little niggles this season but when he's out there, he's still a threat in the box as he showed.

"There were some great balls going in from Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox all evening and Mo has had a terrific game. He was very positive from the start. I think it helped him getting off to a good start, he took his man on early on in the game and he got a little bit of joy and confidence.

"But their goalkeeper Scott Flinders pulled off some outstanding saves and deserves a pat on the back but it really should have been a lot more comfortable for us. We had a stonewall penalty denied to us and I don't know what we have to do to get a penalty at home."

The defeat leaves Hartlepool floundering at the wrong end of the table and their captain and local-born defender Peter Hartley pulled no punches in assessing his team's performance

"It wasn't good enough basically from start to finish," he admitted. "There are no excuses, I thought our team weren't at it and were very poor.

"We invited pressure, didn't keep the ball enough and as a team, we've got to be ashamed of our performance as professional footballers and I'm upset and disappointed with that and our lack of fight.

"The lack of fight and creativity disappointed me and all we seemed to do was just defend and invite pressure for 90 minutes. It was a grind, we didn't help each other, we seemed to play as individuals and we just didn't click."

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