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We wanted it more - Leyton Orient's Russell Slade

22 February 2014

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade watched his side gain a 2-0 win against Swindon Town that took the Londoners back to the top of the Sky Bet League 1 table, but admitted that it might only be a temporary placing.

A depleted Swindon side, suffering from suspensions and injuries, were further weakened when Wes Foderingham pulled out in the warm-up with a tight hip and groin leaving Tyrell Belford to make his league debut.

The 19-year-old pulled off a series of saves while also riding his luck on occasions that included a shot from Chris Dagnall that struck a post.

It took two penalties converted by Lloyd James to beat him. The first came 41 minutes in after Moses Odubajo had been fouled and the second was conceded six minutes after the interval when David Mooney was felled.

"We are probably only top given that we've played two more games than the teams around us," Slade said.

"It was all about us putting in a performance and wanting it more than the opposition. I felt that we were well worth the win and yes, it was important to get the three points.

"Although we scored two penalties, we could have scored other goals from open play. The important thing was that we created chances all afternoon and not only that, without the ball, I thought that we were excellent.

"Chris Dagnall has hit the post and then he's headed the ball in, but the goal was ruled out for a foul although there's been hardly any contact with the defender.

"We had a difficult period recently but we've come through that, shown our character and made it two back-to-back wins without conceding which is really encouraging.

"There was some really good individual performances out there if I'm honest."

Swindon boss Mark Cooper bemoaned the concession of the two penalties that undid his side.

"You can't make two challenges like we did, give two penalties away and expect to win games of football," he said.

"The worse thing about giving them away is that we've not really made Orient work for it.

"When you do that against a team that is riding high at the top of the league, they take advantage of it. You go in one-nil down and their tales are up.

"I didn't think there was too much danger in the first-half apart from a ridiculous tackle which gives them a penalty just before half-time and which gave them the ascendancy.

"In the first 20 minutes of the second-half, we weren't very good and then when it's two-nil and the game is over, we start to play a little bit.

"We didn't threaten their goal enough, a way that we want to play and that's what we are trying to do, frustrating although as it might be it seems. But we try to stick to it.

"We did have a depleted squad you could see with the team we picked."


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