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Russell Slade to use Brentford's promotion as inspiration

25 May 2014

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade says he will take inspiration from Brentford in an attempt to bounce back from a heartbreaking 4-3 penalty shoot-out defeat to Rotherham United in the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.

Slade watched on as Rotherham goalkeeper Adam Collin saved penalties from O's duo Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall to consign his side to a ninth successive Sky Bet League 1 campaign after an initial 2-2 draw over 120 minutes.

But, in his post-match press conference, Slade spoke about Sky Bet Championship-bound Brentford, who recovered from a Play-Off Final defeat last season to be promoted automatically this time around.

He said: "I think the thing is to look at what Brentford did last season, when they bounced back after the disappointment if missing out in the Play-Off Final against Yeovil Town.

"We need to use that as a model and make sure we react in the right way and come back and see if we can do it next year."

Slade's men took a 2-0 first-half lead in the Wembley showdown with Moses Odubajo scoring a stunning goal from the edge of the area, before crossing for Dean Cox for the second.

But Rotherham came back strong in the second 45 and were level by the hour mark after two goals from former Orient striker Alex Revell - including a stunning 35-yarder.

No more goals were scored in the rest of normal time, or in the 30 extra minutes, meaning penalties were required.

Frecklington missed the Millers' second which put Orient in the driving seat, but Collin's two saves sent Steve Evans' side up.

Slade added: "It's one of the toughest moments for me as a manager and I'm sure it's a very tough moment for my players, who have given everything yet again.

"It was two very tight teams and we have to give Rotherham credit for coming back from two-down. It was a good advertisement for our league.

"It's not like we've not practiced them [penalties] - we've done that religiously - but It's all about the moment.

"I'm very proud of the season. It's not an easy moment for any of us but at some stage we will sit down, we will reflect, see what we maybe could've done better, and we'll go again."

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