Leyton Orient boss believes physical strength helped them to Walsall win
Russell Slade believes his side have added a physicality to their game which is vital to their chances of success this season.
The Leyton Orient boss brought in players such as Nathan Clarke and Anthony Griffith in the summer to try and add some strength to his team.
Impressive away wins at Swindon Town and at Walsall last night are evidence his team have made themselves a stronger unit on the pitch.
Speaking after the Walsall win, Slade said: “We’ve rebuilt again. Last season was very difficult. We sold three players, we had seven goalkeepers and ten left-backs. It was a really messy season for one reason or another. We had lots of injuries and it was a forgettable season.
“It was important to stay in the league and rebuild. That’s what we tried to do. We rebuilt in a different way and there’s more physicality in our side because I felt the league had changed somewhat. We needed to balance that out.
“We were a good footballing side but lacked that bit of physicality. You saw tonight [at Walsall] there was a real physical strength when it was needed even though we passed the ball really well particularly in the first period.”