Orient attention turns to Gunners

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Russell Slade hailed the character of his Leyton Orient side after they came from behind to defeat MK Dons 3-2.

The O's had been trailing 2-1, but a second goal from Jimmy Smith and a 74th-minute winner from Jonathan Tehoue sealed victory. Slade believes the result provides his players with the ideal platform for their FA Cup fifth-round tie with Arsenal on Saturday.

He said: "We've kept our focus, which I'm delighted with and we've kept our momentum, so now we can start talking about the FA Cup. I really wanted to go into the Arsenal game still on this unbeaten run and that's what we've achieved."

He added: "It was a really gutsy performance with some good football played in a very open game.

"We showed unbelievable character at 2-1 down to level and then go on and win it.

"There are a few stiff bodies, but somehow I think everyone will be available for Arsenal on Sunday.

"When teams are preparing to face big cup ties they often have a bit of a lull in their league performances, but we haven't done that, we've retained really good focus."


Victory at stadium:MK was the Londoners' third on the bounce and Slade is up-beat about his team's prospects for the remainder of the campaign.

Orient are just three points of the play-offs and Slade added: "I have trust and belief in my squad that we can change things if we need to.

"Even after the Cup we have to maintain that because we're in a very healthy position now and we've got 17 games to play. There's so much football to be played and we're at the right end of the table."

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