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Slade enjoying Orient's run

19 October 2013

Russell Slade feels Leyton Orient are adapting to the challenge of being league leaders after extending their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One to 12 games with a 4-0 win at Tranmere.

Kevin Lisbie scored after 22 and 61 minutes before Tranmere defender Ian Goodison was sent off for striking the Orient forward in the face.

With Lisbie receiving treatment David Mooney took over penalty duties but his spot-kick struck a post. However, it mattered little as Dean Cox and substitute Shaun Batt wrapped up the win.

And after ending the day a point clear at the top of the table, O's boss Slade claimed his side were going about their business in the right manner both on and off the pitch.

"We probably could have had a couple more than the four we scored but we continued to create chances all afternoon," said Slade, who has been linked with the vacant managerial post at Sheffield United.

"It is never easy for a team when they go down to 10 men and they are chasing the game but we were solid.

"It was nice to get a clean sheet, especially away from home because when you are top of the league teams do want to beat you.

"Every game is going to be a challenge but the fans are right behind us and we are playing some really attractive football.

"There is belief in the camp but there isn't any arrogance about us and we will continue trying to do the right things.

"We have the right to be confident and we were ruthless in front of goal.

"It is important that when you have your foot on the throat of the opposition that you don't take it off.

"The players are enjoying their football and we looked very dangerous."

While Orient are leading the way, Tranmere are back in the relegation zone after a fifth defeat in six league games and they are yet to win at home in the league all season.

Rovers' chances were hardly helped by a senseless sending off for Goodison and manager Ronnie Moore refused to pull any punches.

He said: "The way we collapsed was embarrassing.

"There was nothing in the game at half-time but Ian Goodison has done something stupid and let everybody down.

"With 10 men it will always be a tough battle but the white flag went up too easily.

"We had matched them in the first-half and I thought we didn't deserve to go in a goal down. But we left ourselves wide open after the sending off and that was down to a total lack of professionalism in that situation.

"You have to be disciplined and do the right things but they picked us off at ease because we were so lacklustre.

"We haven't won a game at home yet and we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.

"It is embarrassing when you concede the type of goals that we did.

"We need to lift the players and they need to help lift themselves."

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