Clarke’s injury is real worry for Orient
LEYTON ORIENT manager Russell Slade is hopeful the head injury sustained by skipper Nathan Clarke is not serious, after he was knocked unconscious following a collision with Carlisle’s Lee Miller.
Clarke later regained consciousness in hospital and Miller was redcarded for the challenge in a pulsating first-half at Brunton Park.
Kevin Lisbie and Scott Cuthbert put the O’s ahead before debutant David Amoo pulled one back from the penalty spot until David Mooney and substitute Dean Cox’s double sealed the rout.
And Slade was thrilled with the O’s level of performance.
He said: “Nathan Clarke lost consciousness before he hit the ground – I didn’t have a good view of it from where I was.
“We’re hopeful it won’t be too serious – he’s in good hands and that’s all we know at the moment.
“We were strong and ruthless – we showed what we can do.
“We’re starting to believe the play-offs can be a reality and the squad is looking extremely fresh.
“It makes all the hard work we've put in over this pre-season worthwhile.
“It’s important we build on this performance ahead of next week and use this as a marker.”
Orient took the lead after 23 minutes, Lisbie heading home from six yards from Cuthbert’s long throw into the area.
Miller’s red card followed on 31 minutes before Cuthbert made it 2-0 with a header at the back post from a corner.
Carlisle’s penalty came just before half-time from Mathieu Baudrey’s handball – Amoo coolly placing the ball down the centre.
Mooney made it 3-1 after 70 minutes with a header from Moses Odubajo’s cross and Cox made sure of the points ten minutes from time with a tidy finish from 15 yards. Cox completed the victory with a wonder goal from 25 yards two minutes into added time.
Carlisle boss Greg Abbott refused to blame the red card for the result but feels the seriousness of the injury may have affected the referee’s decision.
He said:“From what the players have said it was a pretty usual coming together – but nobody wants to see anybody get hurt.
“The red card was a turning point but it’s not an excuse.
“We developed a habit last season of crumbling against teams.
“We’ve got a game against Blackburn coming up where there isn’t any pressure on us but we’ll put pressure on ourselves and we’ve got to improve.”