Orient boss Slade believes the O's were excellent in defeat to Wolves (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Leyton Orient boss Slade insists the O's were excellent after defeat to League 1 champions Wolves
Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade believes their second-half performance was as well as they have played this season despite losing 3-1 to League 1 champions Wolves.
The visitors clinched the title after Brentford dropped points this afternoon but the O's manager was delighted with his team's display despite their second defeat over Easter.
Slade said: "I thought we were excellent in defeat, I really do. For 35 minutes in the second period it's as good as we've played all season bearing in mind, with due respect to other teams, we're playing against the team that's won the title and we've absolutely dominated.
"For ten minutes before half-time and 35 minutes after the break we were excellent. I thought we tired and didn't think the subs made the impact I wanted them to make. But other than that I thought we were excellent."
Orient should have had a penalty in the first half after a handball by Richard Stearman and Chris Dagnall also had a disallowed goal for offside. Slade was unhappy with the failure to award a spot kick and insists it would have been given had it been for Wolves at their home ground.
Slade said: "How the ball stayed out of the back of the net I don't know? We were unfortunate with one that's in the back of the net in the first half and the penalty decision which they got wrong between them is very frustrating because if that was at Molineux it's a penalty."
Orient have slipped to their lowest position of the season after wins for Preston and Rotherham dropped the O's down to fifth in the table. But Slade wants his side to finish strongly in their final two games before the play-offs.
He said: "I do think it's important to finish as high as we possibly can because we deserve it."
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