Slade salutes Orient showing

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade was left purring at his side's performance that earned them a 2-1 win over table-toppers Tranmere.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 20:05

Russell Slade: Couldn't have asked for more

Russell Slade: Couldn't have asked for more

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Charlie MacDonald gave the O's the lead after nine minutes with his first goal for the club since arriving from MK Dons a month ago.

Then, having missed a penalty in the 15th minute, midfielder Martin Rowlands struck a stunning volley to double the host's advantage midway through the second half.

Substitute Michael O'Halloran goal had been on the pitch for just five minutes when he blasted home from close-range with 15 minutes remaining but it proved too little, too late for Rovers.

"I thought that it was a pulsating game, after all, they are the league leaders and we stayed on the front foot for virtually for the entire game," said Slade.

"We should have put the game to bed in the first period when I thought we played some of the best football we've done all season. Off the back of the defeat in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday, the lads deserve all the credit for that.

"I was delighted for Charlie MacDonald that he scored his first goal for us and he's got the monkey off his back. He'd had a couple of chances in previous games and he was disappointed not to have scored with those but this goal will do him the world of good.

"Martin Rowlands then scored our second with a wonderful finish and that's won us a football match. Yes, he missed a penalty earlier but it doesn't matter because he made up for it.

"Our whole team-talk was about staying on the front foot and trying to take the game to them by creating chances and going forward and not to sit back at any stage.

"Tranmere are top for a reason, they are resilient and they keep going right to the end and we saw that. They got a goal back and they were throwing bodies forward, there were six or seven bodies in our box trying to get the equaliser. That left them a bit open to the counter attack and perhaps we should have made better value of that. But it was a terrific win for us and I'm delighted."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

an we get one on the similarities between this year's Arsenal and 5 years ago. Or any other number you care to pick frankly...it shouldn't be hard.

mc1728
Liverpool: Five Similiarities Five Years On

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property