Slade left in fear of sack after U’s defeat
IT MAY have been only a few months since Russell Slade led Leyton Orient to the brink of promotion.
But the Orient boss admits his side’s home defeat against ten-man Colchester United has left him fighting to save his job.
The O’s were beaten despite Colchester playing for more than half of the game with ten men following the dismissal of skipper Magnus Okuonghae for serious foul play.
And Slade believes that means that he needs to guide his side to victory at former club Notts County on Tuesday night or, following the arrival of new Italian owner Francesco Becchetti this summer, risk being out of a job.
“We will see how they have come out of this game,” he said. “The president has been honest enough via (sporting director) Mauro Milanese to tell me we have got one game to sort it out so hopefully we get a response on Tuesday.
“That’s in terms of my future – obviously it’s not a great result for the football club. These things can happen but obviously the president will want better than that.
“We all want better than that and you have to look at the bigger picture but the situation is we need to get a win on Tuesday or that will be curtains.”
Tony Humes chalked up his first win as Colchester manager in style after his side reacted positively to Okuonghae’s red card and going on the attack in the second half.
Humes said: “Sometimes, if you go down to ten men you put everyone behind the ball and all you end up going is one way.
“The way we want to play the game is going forward and we believe that’s the way we want to play. There was some fantastic counter-attacking football with real quality and good decisionmaking.
“We could have had one or two more goals and I think we played better with ten men.
“Magnus was sent off and decisions aren’t going for us but we stuck together and we showed a fantastic team spirit.”
David Mooney and Darius Henderson both went close for Orient in the first half and Colchester were reduced to ten men just before the break when Okuonghae was dismissed for an overzealous challenge on Mooney.
But Freddie Sears and Gavin Massey missed good chances for the U’s before they took the lead through Sanchez Watt, who raced onto Sears’ pass to slot home.
Colchester doubled their lead with 17 minutes remaining through Sears, who dispossessed Mathieu Baudry before firing a low shot past Chris Woods and despite late pressure from the Os they held on for an impressive win.
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