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O's boss lauds Lisbie heroics

Saturday 10th November 2012 20:30

Slade: Delighted with Lisbie contribution

Slade: Delighted with Lisbie contribution

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade voiced his delight at the return of striker Kevin Lisbie after his match-winning brace.

It was Lisbie's first start in eight matches after being sidelined with a hamstring injury and the striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 33 minutes before heading home the winner with two minutes to go.

"We've missed Kevin and we know we've missed him," said Slade after the 2-1 win over Shrewsbury. "He was the difference for us. It's been tough without him, he gives us that bit of quality and there are other things that he brings to the table.

"Not only does he score goals, but he holds the ball up well and the way he manipulates the ball allows you to push out and then for your midfield to get on the ball and take control of the game for little periods."

Slade added: "The win has been long-awaited and I couldn't even look at the penalty to be honest. I'll admit it's been tough and if the fans don't think it's tough for a manager, well it is. It's tough on your team, you keep working and believing and trying to instil belief in your team which we did.

"But fair play to Shrewsbury as they came back at us but we still kept going. There was some really good play and it was great that the fans stayed with us because we created opportunities and we did more than enough to have scored more than two. Now we've just got to use the win as a boost to help us move forwards more."