Slade furious as Os lose again

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Russell Slade lambasted referee David Coote in the wake of Leyton Orient's 3-1 home defeat against Bournemouth.

A penalty from Harry Arter added to strikes from Wesley Thomas and Marc Pugh to ensure the Cherries climbed out of the bottom four. Meanwhile, the Os - who saw Dean Cox equalise prior to Scott Cuthbert being sent off - are still rooted to the bottom of the table.

"The penalty and sending-off were a disgrace," Slade raged. "The penalty was an appalling decision and the sending-off was iffy as well. Our player has caught his opponent with a trailing leg and the player has already gone down pending the tackle."

Slade believes that at full strength, Orient were the better side.

"When it was 11 v 11, we were the best side on the pitch, there's no doubt about that," he stated.

"There is no question in my mind about that. Obviously the penalty has given them something to cling on to but we showed great attitude and get back to one-all but then the sending-off was a massive turning point. I'm angry and disappointed and some of their players showed no dignity after the game either which is also disappointing because we've got to back to their place."

It was the first time since 1948/49 season that Bournemouth had won a league match at Brisbane Road, a sequence spanning 23 games. And it was a monkey that Cherries boss Lee Bradbury was more than happy to get off his back.

"We showed great character and pushed in at the right times and did a thoroughly professional job," Bradbury said.

"Having scored our opening goal, it was disappointing to concede almost straight away but it was an unfortunate goal because it took a deflection off Mathieu Baudry into the top corner.

"At that time, I thought that's just our luck at the moment but we turned the corner and there was a big decision in the game with the sending-off but even when it was 11 against 11, I thought we were the better side."

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Scott Cuthbert
Wesley Thomas
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Marc Pugh
Dean Cox
Lee Bradbury
Leyton Orient

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