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Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade insists trust is at the heart of his team's winning start in League One
Leyton Orient's success so far this season isn't down to multi-million pound signings, groundbreaking formations or extravagant foreign owners. It's down to trust and hard work.
After extending their winning run to eight games and their lead at the top of League One to five points after a 2-0 win over Brentford, O's boss Russell Slade revealed the secret to his team's success.
"There's a trust - that's the big word - there's a trust between me and the players on the pitch," he said.
"If we make changes or whatever we do, we stick together and try to get through it.
"When it's a difficult period that trust is tested and we had difficult times against Brentford but we came through."
Slade has a particular talent for being able to motivate his players but the Orient manager insists his team are clear on what they want to achieve and why they want to achieve it.
"They don't take too much motivating," he said. "As we get ready to go out they're rolling their sleeves up, they're such a good group - they're very self motivated.
"If you want to be successful you have to understand why you want to be successful and I think this group - they do understand that. "And they also understand why they need each other on the pitch. You can a real togetherness out there and that's really good to see from the group."
All the talk will be about Orient's astonishing start to this campaign but the signs were there at the end of last season.
In their last 20 league games the O's have won 15 and lost only two.
"There's no energy sappers in there, we have energisers," Slade said. "They all want to do well for each other.
"We have a great bond and a great team spirit and when you have that between the manager and the players and the players with each other - it's as good as it can be.
"But that's something which I think has been going for a while now."