Leyton Orient boss admits Hull City keeper Eldin Jakupovic made crucial saves in Colchester United win

Russell Slade's side had to work hard for their win: Simon O'Connor

Russell Slade's side had to work hard for their win: Simon O'Connor

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Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade admits goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic made some crucial saves to "keep them in the game" as they edged to a 2-1 win over Colchester United. 

Orient were fortunate to pick up three points against their opponents this afternoon but it was a vital victory which boosted their automatic promotion hopes in League 1.

Slade said: "I think for the neutral it was a cracking second half and fair play to Colchester. They massively played their part.

"Eldin in the second period had to make some wonderful saves to keep us in the game. I thought we were a threat on the counter-attack and as it happened we scored a wonderful goal that won the football match."

Colchester thought they had earned a deserved point after Marcus Bean's equalising header but Moses Odubajo netted the winner in the last seven minutes with a superb breakaway goal. 

Slade said: "He's [Odubajo] done brilliantly well. Shaun [Batt] has done well and poked the ball through to him and Mo's used that pace that he's got obviously and he's put it right in the bottom corner. He gave the keeper no chance."

The O's dropped off the top of the table, despite the win, after Wolves overtook them on goal difference following their 3-0 win over Port Vale. 

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