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Slade urges for Orient improvement

League One outfit Leyton Orient slipped to their third successive league defeat losing 1-0 to Crawley Town on Saturday, leaving manager Russell Slade to bemoan the lack of quality within the final third.

The O’s have hit the net just once so far this term and Slade insists his side must improve, in order to avoid a season on the threshold of the relegation places.

Speaking to BBC Radio London post match Slade said: “We were certainly in there for at least a point and that would have been commendable after a tough game on Wednesday.

“Arguably we should have got a goal in the first period but we looked a bit tired and leggy towards the end of the game.”

Lack of a cutting edge

The slender defeat to Crawley was the London club’s second consecutive 1-0 loss, following Wednesday’s defeat to Stevenage Borough and although Orient restricted their opponents to only a handful of efforts on both occasions, Slade was left ruing his side’s lack of a cutting edge.

He continued: “There’s nothing in the games, the last two games it’s been 1-0 and we’ve reduced Crawley to only one or two chances today.

“We didn’t create enough ourselves. I think we need a bit more belief in and around the box, a bit more quality.”

Leyton Orient’s lack of creativity has left them submerged within the relegation places with tough games just around the corner.

Slade takes his side to promotion contenders Swindon Town on Saturday before two home matches with neighbours Brentford and early pacesetters Yeovil Town.

By Daniel Ludlam


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