Leyton Orient boss Slade praises side's character after late Walsall winner

Russell Slade's side left it late to defeat Walsall: Action Images

Russell Slade's side left it late to defeat Walsall: Action Images

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Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade praised his side's character after they snatched a late 2-1 win over Walsall.

The O's led through David Mooney but a piledriver from Sam Mantom appeared to have a rescued a point until Moses Odubajo's 87th minute winner. 

Slade said: "They showed real character to come back again after they [Walsall] equalised from a great strike.

"I didn't see that coming because I thought the game was petering out. I didn't think they were offering anything to be honest towards the end.

"Moses and Coxy [Dean] have been really positive and we got the cross in which led to a really good finish."

Slade made the decision to replace Ryan Allsop in goal with Jamie Jones and the move paid off with an assured performance from the goalkeeper. The manager admitted it was not easy for his side after having a two week layoff due to consecutive postponed games.

The O's boss said: "He pulled off two great saves which I was delighted with obviously. It's not easy when you've been off for two weeks and not played a game. You want to do things quickly, get a tempo and play with energy.

"The pitch was sapping and it wasn't easy but as a group we stuck together. We weren't great until we got the goal but after that I thought we were the better side."

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