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Slade sets sights on top-six finish

10 March 2013

Russell Slade is still dreaming of the play-offs after Leyton Orient kept alive their hopes of gatecrashing the top six in League One with a comfortable 2-0 win at struggling Shrewsbury.

The Londoners controlled their first visit to the Greenhous Meadow for long stages, with a first-half header from French defender Mathieu Baudry and a Kevin Lisbie penalty early in the second half giving them the three points.

Slade now believes his side need to win seven of their remaining nine games, beginning with Tuesday's home clash against Portsmouth, to keep their play-off bid on track.

"I still feel we probably need to win seven games to get in the shake up," said Slade.

"We're finishing the season off in good style and we don't want it to finish. We want it to keep going and see where it brings us."

The Shrews sit just four points clear of the relegation zone and face testing away games at MK Dons and Crewe this week.

Boss Graham Turner was disappointed with how his side switched off to allow Baudry to head Orient in front and was also not pleased with the rash challenge by David McAllister on Romain Vincelot early in the second half which led to Lisbie's penalty.

"We've hit a flat spot and three consecutive defeats is the last thing we wanted at this stage of the season with so much at stake," said Turner.

"You can feel a little bit of tension about us and we've paid a heavy price for that.

"Our defending for the first goal from a set piece was quite poor. We didn't get ourselves set up quickly enough. And what kills you dead is the goal five minutes after half time. You can't go into tackles like that. David knows it, he apologised to the players, but it doesn't do us any good now."

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