Ori­ent are un­der­dogs ac­cord­ing to Slade

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DE­SPITE see­ing his side end the reg­u­lar sea­son in style at MK Dons, Ley­ton Ori­ent boss Rus­sell Slade still thinks the O’s go into the play-offs as un­der­dogs.

Ori­ent fin­ished third in the ta­ble af­ter they cruised to vic­tory as strike duo Kevin Lis­bie and David Mooney showed why they’ve been one of League One’s most dan­ger­ous part­ner­ships.

They will now face play-off spe­cial­ists Peter­bor­ough in the semi-fi­nals, but this is the end of a cam­paign that has fin­ished with a whim­per for the Dons who have been rav­aged by in­juries.

Slade said: “That's the sort of stan­dard we need to set our­selves be­cause we’re un­der­dogs go­ing into the play-offs, there’s no doubt about that.

“You’ve only got to look at the book­ies and we’re not be­ing given a chance.

“Peter­bor­ough have an ex­cel­lent record in the play-offs and they’re an ex­cel­lent side – Dar­ren Fer­gu­son has done a great job with them.

“They’ve al­ready won one com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son and played at Wem­b­ley so they’ll be look­ing to get there again.

“We’re into a minileague now and there’s a lot more foot­ball to come from our point of view.”

A fum­ble by Ley­ton Ori­ent goal­keeper Jamie Jones al­most proved costly as he couldn’t hold on to Ryan Hall’s pow­er­ful free-kick with the re­bound just elud­ing Izale McLeod.

The O’s then took the lead af­ter 17 min­utes when Dean Cox sent in a ter­rific cross from the left and Lis­bie com­fort­ably headed in at the back post.

Lis­bie then claimed his sec­ond right on half-time with Mooney the provider as he threaded a lovely through ball with the for­mer Charl­ton striker fin­ish­ing coolly.

Lis­bie’s pass then slid in Mooney and he smashed in his 21st goal of the sea­son with a bril­liant strike into the top cor­ner from a nar­row an­gle.

MK Dons were to score a con­so­la­tion with 12 min­utes left as Hall’s shot from the edge of the area was de­flected in.

MK Dons boss Karl Robin­son said “There’s been an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of poor re­sults in re­cent weeks but for this team to fin­ish tenth in the league is a tremen­dous pos­i­tive to me.

“If we’ve man­aged that with six or seven of our best 11 out, what can we achieve when we get those play­ers fit?

“I’m as frus­trated as the next guy, ob­vi­ously, be­cause I care but we'll be lucky if 20 per cent of those who started here start the first game next sea­son and not many teams in this league can say that.”

STAR MAN DEAN COX Ley­ton

Ori­ent

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