Slade pre­dicts an over­haul of Ori­ent squad

LEY­TON O ..........1 OLD­HAM ............1

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Niall Kelly

LEY­TON ORI­ENT boss Rus­sell Slade be­lieves he will have a busy sum­mer with play­ers com­ing and go­ing from the East Lon­don side.

Goals ei­ther side of the half from Ori­ent’s Jimmy Smith and Old­ham’s Kirk Mil­lar re­sulted in Slade’s side fin­ish­ing three points out­side the Play-Offs.

Slade in­sists he won’t panic buy and will look to bring in up to four play­ers.

“It’s go­ing to be a busy sum­mer,” said Slade.

“It’s a process; we’ve been ne­go­ti­at­ing with other clubs. It’s go­ing to be hard for all clubs.

“We’ll see our bud­get cut, as will other clubs, you can’t sign ev­ery­one you want to sign and you can’t get the squad as large as you want it to be.

“But we have a nu­cleus here, cer­tainly de­fen­sively.

“We’d like to bring two, three or four play­ers in, but it’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing and in­trigu­ing sum­mer.

“There’ll be a lot of play­ers out of work up and down the coun­try. We won’t dive in with both feet, we’ll look to at­tract the best play­ers to the football club.”

The home side had the lead ten min­utes in af­ter Moses Odubajo’s pass was bril­liantly dum­mied by Char­lie Mac­Don­ald, al­low­ing Smith to neatly tuck the ball in.

Af­ter long pe­ri­ods of in­ac­tiv­ity, the away side pulled back a goal just af­ter half-time.

A cross from Cris­tian Mon­tano rolled across to Mil­lar who cush- ioned the ball from six-yards for his first se­nior Old­ham goal.

With less than ten min­utes to go Dean Cox should’ve grabbed the win­ner, but his ef­fort ri­fled against the post.

Old­ham sub­sti­tute Rob­bie Simpson thought he snatched a late long-range win­ner, but Jamie Jones tipped it over the cross­bar.

Lat­ics boss Lee John­son be­lieves his young can go on and make a big im­pact in the Football League.

“The team build­ing starts now,” said John­son.

“We’ll have a cou­ple of days to let the dust set­tle but of course there’s stuff go­ing on in the back­ground.

“But at the same time there’s a lot to be pos­i­tive about. There’s a lot of good young play­ers com­ing through who can com­pete at this level and add qual­ity.

“When you look at the in­ex­pe­ri­ence in the side. I asked for a reaction from Tues­day and I cer- tainly got it. I en­joyed watch­ing our team. Of course there was times when it wasn’t great, but you have to ex­pect that from in­ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers. I gave them a big pat on the back.”


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