Leyton Orient boss still believes there is room for improvement (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
Send photos, video and news by texting GUARDIAN SERIES to 80360 (cost 10p), or email us
Russell Slade insists League One leaders Leyton Orient can still improve
Russell Slade insists Leyton Orient can still improve despite his record-breaking team winning their seventh consecutive League One match to move five points clear at the top.
The O’s are the only professional club in England yet to drop a point, following their 5-1 demolition of Notts County on Tuesday night but, worryingly for their rivals, the Orient boss believes there is more to come this season.
Slade, whose side have made their best ever start to a season, said: “We’ve still got to try and improve ourselves every minute of the game every day. We’ve got to try and make ourselves better and try and improve so that’s the target.
“I think we have to embrace that expectancy at the minute because [going into the game] we’d won all six games and were playing a team struggling to get a result so the expectancy was there. We’ve got to embrace and enjoy that.”
Orient were rampant at Brisbane Road as they ripped apart bottom side Notts County with another ruthless display of finishing. It took their tally to 21 goals in seven league games and the O’s also have the best defensive record, conceding just five, in the division.
Slade said: “I couldn’t be happier and the goals were raining in tonight. Everybody was chipping in really. Notts County came here with a certain game-plan and we had to adjust to that and as soon as we began to deal with that we got on top a little bit.
“As you know when we get in that final third we’re deadly at the minute. If it’s not David Mooney, it’s Kevin Lisbie [on target] and I'm delighted for the others that have come on with Shaun Batt scoring and Jayden’s [Stockley] taken his goal really well, so that’s good news for us.
“He’ll kill me if I forget him [Dean Cox]. It was good for him and a great finish by Coxy. We were absolutely ruthless. I asked them to be ruthless in both boxes and that’s what I got.”
“I’m just very proud of what they’ve done so far,” the O’s boss said. “We’ve set ourselves a very high standard that we need to maintain. It was a special atmosphere on Saturday and again tonight everybody was right behind us. It’s great and everybody is pulling in the right direction.
“You can’t question the will to win. That’s the phenomenal part about us. We have a fantastic will to win.”
Orient get the first chance to showcase their exceptional form to the nation on Monday night when their trip to Brentford is televised on Sky. The O’s boss believes every match is growing in significance as their winning run increases.
Slade, who expects to have Marvin Bartley available after the midfielder missed the midweek game with a sore hamstring, said: “I just feel that every game almost gets bigger, doesn’t it? But you’ve got to embrace that and enjoy it and move on. We can’t do any more than we're doing. We’ll have a little bit of a breather now and try to treat them the right way now in preparation for that game.
“We’ve already drawn up the schedule for the next two weeks so we know exactly what we’re doing, where we are and what the game-plan is,” the O’s manager added.
Comments are closed on this article.