Leyton Orient boss unhappy with fans for booing former Everton and Bournemouth striker Michael Symes in Hull defeat
Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade claimed the minority of supporters who jeered striker Michael Symes when he was brought on against Hull "might as well stay at home".
The O’s had a lack of options in attack, with Kevin Lisbie injured and Charlie MacDonald cup-tied, which meant Slade introduced Symes in the second half of Tuesday night's FA Cup defeat. The manager criticised a minority of home fans who booed the struggling forward after he was brought on.
Slade said: “Do you know what the only frustrating thing is? It’s just the minority when I’m bringing Symes on, because I’m a little bit limited with what I can bring on, are jeering him before he comes on. I mean what’s that all about?
“Don’t get me wrong, the majority of fans were absolutely unreal tonight but you always get the few don’t you where we’re trying to win a cup tie and all they want to do is jeer somebody that comes on. They might as well stay at home.”
Despite bringing in MacDonald last week, the O’s manager is still keen to add another striker to his squad with a hectic fixture list ongoing, including a two-legged Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final against Southend United ahead next month.
He said: “I’d like to think we could perhaps bring in another forward if we possibly can and try to just back it up a little bit.
“We didn’t have Charlie and Anthony Griffith but they’ll be back for Saturday so that’s refreshing.
“But it’s only a little squad and I’m limited to what I can do in terms of making the changes.
“But I don’t think I could have done anymore in terms of the changes I made. I thought I got it bang on.
“We got back in the game and it was just so frustrating that we didn’t go on and get into the fourth round.”