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Russell Slade hails Leyton Orient achievement

26 April 2014

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade was quick to acknowledge the efforts of his players after they rounded off their scheduled home campaign with a convincing win .

Kevin Lisbie and Chris Dagnall scored to give the O's a 2-0 victory over relegation-haunted Tranmere Rovers at Brisbane Road.

Slade, whose side are bound for the Play-Offs, said: ``We've set a new club record. We've got 83 points which is the most points a Leyton Orient side has ever taken in any season, so that's a tremendous, monumental effort by the players.

"Once again, they gave another professional performance. We started the game so well that Tranmere had to change their shape and that gave us a different challenge because they stayed behind the ball and made it difficult for us to breakdown. So that's something we've got to learn from.

``But we got the goal before half-time from a set-play and Chris Dagnall scored with a great finish to wrap the game up in effect.

``It's important to go into the play-offs with a little bit of momentum and a little bit of belief. It's all about preparation, it's all about planning which we've been doing for the past week or so since we've known our fate.

``So that process is well underway, whoever we play, and we are looking forward to those situations. It's a huge challenge but one that we deserve. We've worked very, very hard this season and we'll be looking to progress all the way to Wembley."

The deadlock was broken in the 44th minute when Lisbie fired in his 14th league goal of the season. A corner from the left taken by Dean Cox was nodded goalwards by Scott Cuthbert but the ball came out to Lisbie who netted from point-blank range.

Owain Fon Williams had performed well in the Tranmere goal but the keeper blotted his copybook with a howler after 77 minutes. He sent an intended clearance from the edge of his penalty area straight to the feet of substitute Dagnall who fired the ball into the empty net from 25 yards.

The defeat sent Rovers into the relegation zone and interim boss John McMahon pulled no punches in laying the blame for the defeat at his players' door for their defensive shortcomings.

"It's been like that all season," said McMahon. "I can't legislate for mistakes like that. I can set teams up with different systems and shapes but what I can't do is to go out there and stop silly mistakes happening.

``Our concentration seemed to switch off and we get punished from the corner. Then our keeper makes an error. I can't do anything about things like that.

``We didn't deal with the corner, but then we haven't dealt with a lot of things all things throughout the season and that's why we are in the position we are in.

"We can play all the attractive football you like, create chances - which I thought we did - but when you can't so the simple things well defensively, you are going to suffer.

"I thought that we dominated the game in the second half but it's just galling really that we've suffered another defeat down to our own mistakes.

``I know the fans probably won't see it this way but from what I think and what I've seen through my rose-coloured glasses, it was a good performance. But if you don't score goals, you are never going to win football matches."

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