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Notts County 1-1 Leyton Orient

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at Meadow Lane
Russell Slade
Russell Slade's Leyton Orient were beaten in last season's League One play-off final

Under-fire Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade was left clinging to his job despite seeing his side dominate a lively draw against Notts County.

Slade had been told he would be sacked if he failed to oversee a win against the Magpies at Meadow Lane.

And although his side responded with a spirited display, they trailed to Zeli Ismail's first-half penalty.

The O's controlled the second half and equalised through Chris Dagnall's spot-kick, but were unable to find a winner.

Bradley Pritchard came closest to earning three points for the visitors, only to rush his chance and smash a first-time effort wide from the edge of the box.

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade:
"There was a frank and honest discussion about the way forward - which still involves me at this moment of time. We carry on - I carry on - in my role as it stands."

Slade guided the O's to the League One play-off final last season, but a poor start to this season had seen them win just one of their opening six league games.

And Orient's Italian owner Francesco Becchetti's patience was pushed to breaking point after Saturday's defeat against Colchester left them a point above the League One relegation zone.

The performance on Tuesday was much improved and a lively and encouraging start saw Scott Cuthbert and David Mooney both miss good chances.

But Notts led when Ismail, who earlier fizzed a fine shot just wide, found the bottom corner from the spot after Haydn Hollis was dragged down in the box by Nathan Clarke.

The visitors played like a side desperate to save their manager after the interval, bossing possession and basing themselves in the Notts half.

Within six minutes Dagnall's penalty made it 1-1 following Curtis Thompson's lunge on David Mooney, but despite staying in control for the rest of the game, Slade's side struggled to create many clear opportunities.

O's substitute Darius Henderson wasted a good chance when he shot wide late on, while Liam Noble's rasping strike produced a fine save from Gary Woods in a rare home attack.

At full-time, Slade went all the way across the pitch to applaud the fans after hugging most, if not all, of his players.

Russell Slade at Leyton Orient
2009-10: 17th (only in charge for final month)
2010-11: 7th
2011-12: 20th
2012-13: 7th
2013-14: 3rd (lost on penalties in play-off final to Rotherham)

The supporters were singing his name, but Slade's body language suggested he is convinced that this was his final match as Orient boss.

Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I felt at times we put them on the back foot, but they were a quality team. They had four players in the team of the year last season.

"If we would have played them last year in this sort of a game we would have lost, but that shows what a bunch of lads we have here."

Russell Slade emerged from a post-match meeting with Leyton Orient's owners and told BBC London 94.9 he was still the manager despite fearing he was about to be sacked:

"There was a frank and honest discussion about the way forward - which still involves me at this moment of time.

"We carry on - I carry on - in my role as it stands.

"These are challenging times for me and the group. We need to move on. We need to find a way to make it work.

"I love my job and you don't want that taken away from you. I have still got a job to do. I still want to take the club to the Championship."


Notts County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Carroll
  • 34LaingBooked at 72mins
  • 33Cranston
  • 15Thompson
  • 6Hollis
  • 16Noble
  • 13JonesSubstituted forThompsonat 61'minutes
  • 4SmithSubstituted forTraoréat 76'minutes
  • 32BrownSubstituted forMurrayat 45'minutes
  • 7IsmailBooked at 90mins
  • 12CassidyBooked at 90mins


  • 2Dumbuya
  • 10Murray
  • 11Thompson
  • 14McKenzie
  • 23Speiss
  • 25Traoré
  • 31Harrad

Leyton Orient

Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Woods
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 15ClarkeBooked at 25mins
  • 12Lowry
  • 2Omozusi
  • 11McAnuffBooked at 38mins
  • 4VincelotBooked at 90mins
  • 17PetrassoSubstituted forCoxat 69'minutes
  • 18Pritchard
  • 23DagnallSubstituted forSimpsonat 81'minutes
  • 10MooneySubstituted forHendersonat 69'minutes


  • 6Baudry
  • 7Cox
  • 14Batt
  • 20Bartley
  • 21Grainger
  • 24Henderson
  • 27Simpson
Gary Sutton

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Notts County 1, Leyton Orient 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Leyton Orient 1.

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    Attempt saved. Zeli Ismail (Notts County) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

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    Darius Henderson (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by Louis Laing (Notts County).

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    Attempt missed. Drissa Traoré (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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    Foul by Dean Cox (Leyton Orient).

  8. Post update

    Drissa Traoré (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Booking

    Jake Cassidy (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

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    Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Liam Noble (Notts County).

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    Foul by Darius Henderson (Leyton Orient).

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    Jake Cassidy (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Booking

    Zeli Ismail (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

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    Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Zeli Ismail (Notts County).

  17. Booking

    Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient).

  19. Post update

    Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Shane Lowry (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.