RUSSELL Slade says Leyton Orient will travel to Bramall Lane with “no fear” despite acknowledging Sheffield United are “probably in their best form of the season so far,” writes James Shield.
Orient enter tonight’s meeting with the League One leaders hoping to record a first win since beating Tranmere Rovers earlier this month and still ruing the missed chances which cost them dear in last week’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern area final against Southend.
But Slade, whose side also count promotion chasing Swindon Town among their list of scalps, told The Star: “We’ve shown that, on our day, we are a match for any team in the division.
“Yes, we are probably in one of our most difficult weeks of the season and United are enjoying probably their best spell.
“But we’ll go into the game with no fear. We’ll view it as an opportunity rather than something to be afraid of.
“What we don’t want is for our season to just fizzle out. We know this is going to be a tough match but we aim to make it a tough match for our opponents too.”
Slade, who boasts strong links with United having been a member of the coaching staff before spells with Scarborough, Grimsby, Yeovil Town and Brighton, added: “Hopefully it should be one to savour. I expect there to be a big crowd at United and I know how well the fans get behind their team.
“There’s no room for sentiment from me though. We want to come away with the win.”
Orient, who are 13th, were beaten 1-0 at the Matchroom Stadium earlier this term.
Danny Wilson, the United manager, said: “I know Russ very well and there’s going to be an extra incentive from his point of view.
“He’s a good manager, a very good one in fact, so we are going to have to be at our best to beat them.
“We’ve got to prove ourselves at home again and we want to do that with the help of the fans who have been right behind us.”