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Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade insists Oldham Athletic is a tough place to go
Russell Slade expects leaders Leyton Orient’s unbeaten record to come under pressure at Oldham Athletic this weekend.
The O’s dropped their first points of the season on Saturday after a 1-1 draw against Walsall but Orient still have a three-point lead at the top of League One.
Oldham have struggled during the opening months of the campaign and are currently just three points off the foot of the table. But O’s boss Slade insists their opponents have played better than their results suggest and is not taking them lightly.
Slade said: “It is not an easy place to go. They have been playing good football and have been unfortunate not to pick up more points this season. We know it is a tough place to go but we are in good form and looking forward to it.”
Former Orient striker Charlie MacDonald joined the Latics in the summer and Slade admitted if he had less budget restraints he would probably have kept the forward at Brisbane Road.
The O’s manager said: “Charlie is a really good pro and if we could have had a bigger squad then he might have still been a part of it.”
The O’s played a behind closed doors game against Crystal Palace on Tuesday afternoon. Orient were beaten 2-1 with Jack Sherratt scoring and there were useful run-outs for players such as Gary Sawyer and Yohann Lasimant ahead of the trip to Boundary Park.
But one player who will not be involved is Romain Vincelot after he was sent off for a second booking in injury time against Walsall. The Frenchman is suspended for the trip to Oldham and midfielder Marvin Bartley is likely to get a chance to impress in the side.
Slade said: “Apart from Romain I’m hoping we can choose from a full squad. Romain has been excellent but injuries and bookings will start to kick in now. But it is the same for all teams although it is our first red card of the season. It’s the nature of the game.
“We have a really good player at the club in Marvin. He will see it as an opportunity and I’m sure he will be looking forward to it.”
The Orient boss insists there is no reason for anyone to be frustrated despite failing to beat ten-man Walsall at home. Slade said: “We have got 25 points and I’m absolutely over the moon with our start. I know we could have been better against Walsall and we got one or two things wrong but we still created three or four really good opportunities.
“We can still be better and are better than that but I don’t think any Orient fans will feel frustrated at the minute.
“Our all-round form is pretty solid and that is the platform we’ve built in the months going back to last season. We just need to keep that going. It’s about what we do after getting a knock back. We need to make sure that we get up and fight again.”
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