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Slade shies away from top-six talk

13 March 2013

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade played down his side's chances of making the play-offs after the O's moved to within six points of a top-six place.

Orient overcame struggling Portsmouth with a goal from on-loan Millwall striker Shaun Batt, earning them a 1-0 win over determined opposition who were unfortunate to leave London without anything to show for their endeavours.

"We are not talking about the play-offs, we are just talking about utilising the minutes that we've got left this season - which is 720 - and making sure we don't waste any of them," said Slade.

"We obviously want to win as many games as we can and do our very best. It's possibly six games that we would need to win, which is a real tall order, and we will have to be better than we were here if we are going to do that.

"It's nice that we are talking about the top-end of the table rather than the bottom end, though.

"We've had a lot of games recently and we've had to shuffle the pack around but all credit to the boys, we got the result. We've had a few injuries and so to secure the points under the circumstances with a clean sheet is a good achievement."

Pompey boss Guy Whittingham had no doubts that his team were denied the win their performance deserved.

He said: "Without doubt the best team lost for sure. Three or four of their players told me that as they were coming off the pitch so I think that tells the whole story, and a mistake by us has cost us the game.

"We knew that we needed high energy, we know that Russell Slade organises his team well. They are good on the attack and have good movement, so we needed that high-energy and we got it all the way.

"I'm just so, so disappointed for all the players because they put so much effort in."

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