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Leyton Orient are big under-dogs, insists Russell Slade

3 May 2014

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade sang the praises of strike duo Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney after they put Milton Keynes Dons to the sword in a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Lisbie struck twice in the first half before a terrific goal by Mooney wrapped up the three points that meant the O's finish the regular season in third place.

The Londoners' place in the Play-Offs had long been assured, but this result ensured that the second leg of their Semi-Final against Peterborough United will be played at their Brisbane Road home.

Slade said: "They link up very well in the way they play together and the movement and the weight of the pass that Moons has put Kevin through for the second goal was excellent.

"We scored some very, very good goals and the build-up to them was first class.

"That's the sort of standard we need to set ourselves because we're underdogs going into the play-offs, there's no doubt about that.

"You've only got to look at the bookies and we're not being given a chance.

"Peterborough have an excellent record in the play-offs and they're an excellent side - Darren Ferguson has done a great job with them.

"They've already won one competition this season and played at Wembley so they'll be looking to get there again - we know that it's going to be very tough.

"We're into a mini-league now and there's a lot more football to come from our point of view."

Lisbie put Orient 2-0 up at half-time as he first headed in Dean Cox's cross before he finished coolly after Mooney's through-ball had played him in.

Lisbie returned the favour as Mooney smashed in a third from a narrow angle before Ryan Hall's deflected effort provided a consolation for MK Dons.

Dons boss Karl Robinson said: "It's a disappointing way to end the season, but we've been disappointing for four months.

"There's been an accumulation of poor results in recent weeks, but for this team to finish 10th in the league is a tremendous positive to me.

"If we've managed that with six or seven of our best 11 out, what can we achieve when we get those players fit and bring players in during the summer?

"I'm as frustrated as the next guy who wants to criticise, obviously, because I care, but I know that what we are trying to do is right.

"Yes we get frustrated but like I said, to finish 10th with that many people out has got to a positive result of how we have reacted behind the scenes.

"We'll be lucky if 20% of those who started this game start the first game next season and not many teams in this league can say that."


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