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Slade hails another 'fantastic' win

12 October 2013

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade described his side's latest win as "fantastic" after a 2-1 win over MK Dons extended their unbeaten run in their best-ever start to a league season.

Two superb goals graced the first-half. Orient fell behind when Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford struck on the half-hour to record his 11th goal of the season.

But 20 year-old Moses Odubajo equalised four minutes before the interval and it was old-stager Kevin Lisbie who had the final word, stabbing home a pass from strike partner Mooney in the 66th minute to seal the points for the home side.

"It's a fantastic result particularly when we've had to come from behind," Slade said.

"All three goals were well-taken, sometimes you can look at players and be critical of the way goals were conceded, but even when we fell behind, we stayed calm and the best team won on the day without doubt.

"The first menacing shot of the game gave them their lead, but from then on I thought we worked our way back into the game and showed a lot of character to get ourselves on level terms.

"Then we had two or three really good opportunities to go and get another goal just before half-time and I didn't really want the half-time whistle to come.

"It was fantastic to get the win in front of our biggest gate of the season. Moses Odubajo produced a wonderful finish for his goal and has had a real impact on the game but then, so have all my players.

"Then we had a wonderful link-up between David Mooney and Kevin Lisbie that produced our second goal, at any level, the movement and the understanding between those two to get the vital goal was terrific.

"It was only 50-50 that 'Lis' would play because he's been trying to fight off the effects of a dead-leg all week, but he's managed to get out on the pitch and stay there long enough to get us a vital goal."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was despondent with the outcome.

"There were two good teams out there and I thought that we played more football than they did," Robinson said.

"But that's the way we are and how we try to play, but I don't think my players deserved to be on the losing side.

"Both sides were a little bit sloppy in the first 10, but after that we dominated the remainder of the next 30 and played as we wanted to and how we've been trying to play and looked very good before we became a bit ragged in the last five.

"That allowed them to nick a goal and they went on the front foot.

"But that first 10 minutes and the last five were all I could be critical of the players about. We didn't deserve to lose.

"We've given a good account of ourselves. Orient have not had to make many changes this season, but we lacked fluency.

"The effort was there, but when you are having to keep making changes, then that hampers the fluency you need.

"But I'm backing my players on their performance because I thought we worked hard.

"But you have to take your hats off to Leyton Orient. Why are they where they are? It's because they work hard."

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