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Russell Slade wants his side to bounce back at Notts County this weekend: Action Images

Russell Slade wants his side to bounce back at Notts County this weekend: Action Images

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Orient boss Russell Slade admits it will be a test of his side’s character at Notts County this weekend as they bid to bounce back after their eight-match winning run was derailed.

The O’s missed the opportunity to equal a club record of nine consecutive victories after a 3-1 home defeat to Scunthorpe United last Saturday.

Orient have the chance to get back on track this weekend at Meadow Lane and Slade has targeted the start of another winning run.

The manager said: “Of course it is a test of character. Look, it’s a test every week and we’ve lost our first game in nine so we have to go back to the drawing board and start again and see if we can get on another run.

“I expect a tough test most weeks so Notts County is no different. It’s the test of a good team if you can bounce back straight away. We’ll be doing everything in our power to do that.”

It is the start of a busy festive period for Orient with tomorrow's match followed by home games against Swindon Town on Boxing Day and Walsall the following weekend.

The O’s have doubts over a couple of players and will be without captain Nathan Clarke, due to a fractured foot, until the middle of next month.

Notts County have yet to win in December and suffered a 3-0 home defeat to League Two Rotherham in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. 

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