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Russell Slade downbeat after late draw

26 March 2014

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade was downbeat after watching his side concede a late equaliser to draw 1-1 against Oldham Athletic.

Defender Scott Cuthbert nodded home a corner from Dean Cox just before half-time to put Orient ahead.

But Korey Smith earned Oldham a deserved point with a sublimely struck lob from 22 yards with a minute of normal time to play.

And Slade could not hide his disappointment at the reaction from the home crowd.

"It's just so sad isn't it in the first half that they just didn't get behind the team?" he said.

"I find that so disappointing. Then we even got booed off at the end by some of them. It's a joke.

"For a club this size to be third in the league is an astonishing achievement and we want more obviously and we are fighting for more. I'm devastated as the manager of this football club. The players are devastated as well.

"We've had five wonderful opportunities to score goals and we've just taken the one unfortunately.

"Scott Cuthbert took his goal well and he had another marvellous opportunity as well.

"Some people are criticising me and saying that we've given up. As a manager, I've not given up, this team has not given up. I'm frustrated for the players.

"The work ethic and commitment is unquestioned

"There aren't any positives we can take out of it really."

Latics manager Lee Johnson was delighted with his side's display.

"I thought it was a good point and we played well," he said. "I thought our shape was good in the first half and we had some good chances.

"The midfield three were superb in the first half and the three substitutes made an impact when they came on after the interval but we need to get our strikers scoring.

"A lot of teams have said that we are one of the best sides they've played against and we played some excellent stuff here. I thought we had them on the ropes for a good period of time.

"Orient have got dangerous players and are good at set-pieces but I was really proud of my boys and the fans and I am really going to enjoy the journey home because I was really impressed with my side.

"It's the first time that I've been able to get the same team out twice in the whole of this season, can you believe that? For whatever reason, injuries, illness, suspensions, but everybody is getting fit now.

Now we have to continue this improved run that we are on, be very vigilant and be sure that everyone continues the work ethic - and then we need someone to come along and stick the ball in the net."

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