This could be per­fect part­ing for Slade

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Sumpter

IF, AS might well be the case, Rus­sell Slade is on his way out of Ley­ton Ori­ent, he at least signed off on a win­ning note.

Slade, League One’s long­est-serv­ing man­ager, was threat­ened with the axe seven days ago on the back of his side’s strug­gles at the start of the sea­son.

Now he is wanted by Cham­pi­onship side Cardiff City – who have asked to speak to Slade about re­plac­ing Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer.

“It’s nice to be as­so­ci­ated with such a big club and they are a huge club,” said Slade, after goals from Scott Cuth­bert and Jobi McAnuff earned the O’s a com­fort­able win at Scun­thorpe.

“I’m very proud of the fact they’ve seen the good work we’ve done at the foot­ball club.

“I think they may have re­quested per­mis­sion to talk to me but I’m un­cer­tain and a lit­tle bit in the dark as to the re­sponse to that sit­u­a­tion.”

The O’s boss thought his side were good value for this win, at a venue where they have strug­gled for any­thing pos­i­tive in the past.

He is also back­ing them to match last sea­son’s top-six fin­ish – even if he is not around to wit­ness it.

“It was a de­served vic­tory. We were pos­i­tive and cre­ated chances all af­ter­noon,” Slade added.

“There’s no ques­tion this group can get in the top six in my opin­ion. I’ve al­ways given my best for this foot­ball club and I’ve al­ways asked my play­ers to give their best, whether it’s my first game or my last game.”

Cuth­bert got Slade’s po­ten­tial fi­nale off to an ex­cel­lent start – head­ing in from a cor­ner to the back post with just 131 seconds gone.

Rarely did they look like re­lin­quish­ing that lead ei­ther in a first half in which Scun­thorpe looked nervy.

After Lloyd James had fired a good open­ing wide, it was the Iron’s turn to score an early goal, this time in the sec­ond half, as Matt Spar­row volleyed low into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Barely two min­utes had passed though when for­mer Read­ing winger Jobi McAnuff popped up on the goal-line to make it 2-1. United rarely looked like lev­el­ling for a sec­ond time.

“We shot our­selves in the foot,” said Scun­thorpe man­ager Russ Wil­cox, who said he had told a few ‘home truths’ in the dress­ing room.

“I wanted us to get on the front foot and back up the win over Coven­try, but after two min­utes it was Plan B.

“There were harsh words at half-time, we were very flat and lack­lus­tre. There were lots of is­sues but we came out and had a right go.We got our­selves back in the game but con­ced­ing cheap goals has been our Achilles heel all sea­son.”

STAR MAN DAR­IUS HENDE

RSON Ley­ton

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