Orient are underdogs according to Slade
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