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Leyton Orient boss calls for fans' support ahead of Port Vale game
Russell Slade believes the fans have an important role to play as the O’s attempt to consolidate their position at the top of League One.
Leyton Orient return to action, following last weekend’s international break, with a home game against Port Vale this weekend.
The O’s have a 100 per cent record in the league having won their opening five games but the Orient manager thinks the supporters will have a significant role in pushing them on to another victory.
Slade said: “The game on Saturday at times could be ugly, frustrating and tight. Those are all the things that away sides can do to make life difficult, so it is in these times that you need your fans to back their team.
“I hope there is a good turnout with everybody behind us. We can’t do it without the fans but if we find ourselves uncomfortable then we need to stay in control of the situation.”
The O’s remain top of the table despite their game against Notts County being postponed and Slade admits it is important that they carry on where they left off and build on their previous results.
He said: “It’s a nice position to be in and we have to make sure we get another positive result on Saturday to keep that going. We have set ourselves a high standard and set the bar very high so that is what we all have to try and achieve throughout the season.
“The players had Saturday and Sunday off so hopefully it’s freshened them up and we are ready to go again this weekend. I hope it won’t affect our momentum but players like to have matches every week. We have had a little break and hopefully it doesn’t affect us negatively.”
Slade continued: “We want to make the summer last and keep it going. It’s a pleasure to go into work and nobody is rushing off. There are no energy-sappers in the squad and they are all positive. Everyone is enjoying it and they need to maintain that because we will take a bump at some point.”
Orient are still without defender Gary Sawyer this weekend through injury but French winger Yohann Lasimant could be in contention for a place in the squad after returning to training following a hamstring problem.
Slade said: “Lasimant will return to training on Thursday (today) so he has a chance and Johnny Gorman has had an injection in his ankle so he should be fine. Gary Sawyer is still recovering from his Achilles injury and we have to be careful with that.”
Port Vale were promoted from League Two last season and picked up their first victory on the road last weekend when they won 1-0 at Carlisle United.
The O’s boss said: “Micky Adams gets his teams very well organised and difficult to beat. They are a very resilient and physically strong side. They got a good result at Carlisle last weekend so they will be looking to bring that momentum into this match.”
Orient are spoilt for choice in attack with Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney facing competition from Shaun Batt after the former Millwall striker’s hat-trick at Gillingham.
Slade admitted: “It’s a wonderful problem to have because you want your key players to be pushing for a start, especially with a small squad. Shaun had a fantastic comeback game at Gillingham and it offers us fantastic competition for places in attack.”
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