Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade will take shackles off if the O's secure play-off spot

Orient returned to the top two after beating Stevenage: Rob Newell

Orient returned to the top two after beating Stevenage: Rob Newell

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Russell Slade claims his side’s immediate focus is on securing a play-off place but insists the O’s will “take the shackles off” in pursuit of automatic promotion if they acheive this target with five or six games to go.

Leyton Orient climbed back into the top two of League 1 on Tuesday night after their home victory over bottom side Stevenage ended a four-match winless run.

The O’s boss is refusing to get carried away and is concentrating on ensuring his side guarantee a top-six finish sooner rather than later.

Slade said: “Every week is big. In the situation we’re in there is no lesser week or lesser attention to any game coming up. Every game would appear to get more important. The first thing is not to get carried away and ensure we’ve got 74 or 75 points, whatever it takes to extend our season.

“That’s what we set out to do and then if we’ve got five or six games left after that then we’ll take the shackles off and have a right go. But at the minute it’s important to remain solid and performances like that get you where you need to be.”

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