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Russell Slade left purring at classy Leyton Orient

12 April 2014

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade acknowledged the quality of his side after they crushed Gillingham 5-1 to move back into third place in the table.

Strike partners David Mooney and Kevin Lisbie returned to form after a barren period that had seen them collect a combined three goals since the start of February.

Mooney scored twice to take his tally to the season to 20, while Lisbie recorded his 15th of the campaign.

Dean Cox and substitute Chris Dagnall were also on target for rampaging Orient, who led 4-0 at the interval, while the outclassed visitors gained a late consolation through Craig Fagan.

"It was a really dominant performance and I'm really pleased that the right people scored goals," said Slade.

"We wanted our forwards to get among the goals again. Some of our finishing was ruthless.

"We scored some smashing goals, there was some lovely play that opened Gillingham up and our finishing was clinical.

"I thought that some of the football we played was excellent.

"The performance was everything to us because we needed to show again the form that has taken us to the heights of the league and we did that.

"Obviously you want your strikers scoring goals, they feed on that and the confidence scoring gives them.

"I'm just a little bit disappointed that we didn't manage to keep a clean sheet.

"You get greedy don't you when you are in a good situations. And we were in a good situation after the first 15 minutes of the afternoon in fact.

"There was just that little bit of lapse in concentration and we should have cleared the ball."

Gills fans also made their feelings known before the interval with choruses of: "This is embarrassing, we want our money back."

Gills manager Peter Taylor did not pull his punches after a humiliating defeat.

"That was probably the most embarrassing first 45 minutes I've ever had as a manager," Taylor said.

"All you saw was the very good play from Orient and the very poor play from us.

"You didn't see any attacking play from us, but you did see some poor defending, some poor decision-making and we were just too far away from them.

"We left too many holes for them to play against us and when you do that against a team that can pass the ball around like Orient, they'll take advantage of it.

"So Orient were just able to relax and played. We made a bad start and if you do that against a bad team you are in trouble and when you do it against as good team, you are certainly in trouble.

"It was totally unacceptable. I take full responsibility.

"I choose the team, the tactics, but we just gave very, very bad goals away and give ourselves a mountain to climb.

"When you play against a very good team, those mountains are even harder to climb.

"I think that as a group of players, we have to do better than that."

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