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McGleish delighted with response

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Leyton Orient striker Scott McGleish says the 2-1 win against Tranmere was the perfect tonic after their midweek FA Cup defeat to the same side.

Two goals from McGleish gave Orient a vital win in their bid to climb clear of the League One drop zone, in what was the third meeting of the teams in a fortnight. The goals took the veteran striker's tally for the season to seven and was Orient's consolation for their midweek FA Cup defeat by Tranmere, while consigning Rovers to bottom place in the table.

``It was disappointing on Tuesday. While a cup run would have been nice the league is the main thing for us. We want to push on in it," said McGleish. ``We got the ball down well and passed it. It is that what we have been trying to do all year. It is the manager's philosophy. At the end we still had the composure to get it down and play.''

He added: ``As a scorer I always say I could do better. I always try and do the best I can, seven goals is about average. I could have had more but that is the pressure I put myself under.''

Meanwhile, Tranmere caretaker manager Les Parry admits he was frustrated with his side's second-half performance.

``It was disappointing because towards the end of the first half we didn't want the referee to blow the whistle because we fancied ourselves for a second goal,'' Parry said. ``We had some good chances that we didn't take.

``In the second half we came out and did not do what we did so much better in the first half.

``We never passed the ball well and when you go a goal down it is difficult to analyse the game after that because you change your game plan and start to push on and leave gaps behind and they are going to get chances. So had that goal not gone in they would not have got those chances.''

He added: ``Personally there is no psychological problem with being bottom of the table.

``It is not much different to second bottom to be honest. It is fifth from bottom that we are looking at and that has to be at least the aim at the end of the season.''

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