Slade is a proud man as play-off dream ends

COVEN­TRY ........0 LEY­TON O ..........1

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley

names, in­clud­ing four from the home side. Ori­ent goal­keeper Jamie Jones dealt ca­pa­bly with long-range ef­forts from John Fleck and Jor­dan Ste­wart while skip­per Nathan Clarke pro­duced a last-ditch block to deny Danny Philliskirk a de­but goal af­ter 25 min­utes.

Jimmy Smith missed his close-range header from Lee Cook’s 28th-minute free­kick be­fore the vis­i­tors took the lead in first-half in­jury time when a good run and pass from Moses Odubajo paved the way for a pre­cise side foot from Dean Cox.

Franck Moussa pro­duced Coven­try’s best ef­fort, whip­ping a 30yarder inches past the post but Ori­ent held on with in­creas­ing com­fort in the clos­ing min­utes.

Coven­try boss Steven Press­ley said: “In terms of our per­for­mance and dom­i­na­tion of the game, I was very pleased – it was just our fi­nal de­ci­sions that let us down.We need more of a goal threat and that is some­thing I will look to ad­dress.

“The build up play was ter­rific and there were many pos­i­tives to take from that. I’m dis­ap­pointed for the play­ers be­cause they put a great deal into the game and de­served to win.”

ON TAR­GET: Ley­ton Ori­ent’s Dean Cox

CYRUS CHRISTIE

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