Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade rues harsh last-gasp defeat at Rotherham United

Russell Slade's side suffered a heartbreaking defeat: Action Images

Russell Slade's side suffered a heartbreaking defeat: Action Images

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Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade insists his side did not deserve their heartbreaking defeat after a last-gasp 2-1 loss at Rotherham United.

The O's dropped out of the top two in League 1 after Alex Revell struck a 94th minute winner for the Millers.

Slade said: "I thought it was very harsh. We didn't deserve that. We did excellent to get back in the game and showed our normal character and that grit."

Moses Odubajo's goal cancelled out the opener from Wes Thomas but Rotherham pinched the game at the death. Slade was critical of his side for their game management during injury time after failing to hold out for a point.

Slade said: "I don't think we managed the game well enough in those final few seconds and you've got to do that if you want to get promotion and be successful. You have to manage the game at all times and we didn't do that in the last 30 seconds of the game. 

"That was probably our poorest part of the entire game. it was an eagerness to try and get down the other end and go for the win when we'd worked so hard to get back in the game. We were in the dying seconds of the game and the chances of turning it around to a 2-1 win were remote. 

"From playing very quickly, giving the ball away and turning the ball over so quick in the late stages has cost us dearly."

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