Slade left in fear of sack after U’s de­feat

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

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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