'It's disappointing we're not playing on Saturday' (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade frustrated his side are not playing Notts County this weekend
Russell Slade admitted he would much rather be playing this weekend after the League One leaders’ match against Notts County was postponed.
International call-ups for the visitors means Saturday’s clash has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 17 and the O’s boss believes the 11-day gap between their next fixture is too long.
Slade, speaking after Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Gillingham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, said: “Of course we do [wish we had a game on Saturday] because of the momentum of the group.
“I managed to rest Coxy [Dean], Lisbie [Kevin] and in the main Mooney [David] tonight so with the momentum, spirit we’ve got and the football we’re playing as well, looking sharp and as if we can get a goal, it’s disappointing we’re not playing on Saturday.
“I generally think, other than to get over one or two knocks and bruises, ten or 12 days is too long and that’s the sort of period we’ve got to put up with. I’d rather we were playing at least once a week.”
Orient booked their place in the second round of the JPT after a hat-trick from Shaun Batt fired them past the Gills.
Batt said: “It was the first hat-trick of my professional career so I’m delighted and the fact we’ve got the win as well has made it a good day.
“When we got the penalty I was adamant I wanted to take it. It was my first goal [since rejoining] and it was nice because I felt confident after that to go and get a couple more goals. It was a great feeling.”
The striker, who missed an open goal in the weekend win over Colchester United, added: “After Saturday’s miss I needed to get some goals and keep in touch with the other two strikers.
“Lisbie and Mooney have been different class so far this season so it was nice to be able to come in and contribute for the team.
“I did get a bit of stick from friends and family for Saturday’s miss so it was a nice way to bounce back. I can go home and stick that to them.
“I just took it on the chin, these things happen in football.
“I sat and watched the Football League Show and there were a couple of others on there which made me feel a bit better but it’s nice to respond with a few goals.”
Meanwhile Slade has been nominated for the manager of the month for August after steering the O’s to five consecutive victories in League One.
Influential French midfielder Vincelot is also in the running for player of the month award.
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