SHEFFIELD UNITED: Fast-improving Os possess physical edge

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LEYTON Orient, who entertain Sheffield United this weekend, have added some steel to their attractive, passing brand of football, according to Os boss Russell Slade.

The London club have won four out of their last six league matches, including a hard-earned 2-1 victory at Walsall on Tuesday, to move up to 12th in the standings.

It is no surprise to Slade that Orient have started to climb the table as he believes the side are coping better with the physical demands of League One.

“Last season was very difficult,” he admitted. “We sold three players, we had seven goalkeepers and 10 left-backs. It was a really messy season for one reason or another.

“We rebuilt in a different way and there’s more physicality in our side because I felt the league had changed somewhat. We needed to balance that out.

“We were a good footballing side but lacked that bit of physicality. You saw at Walsall there was a real physical strength when it was needed even though we passed the ball really well particularly in the first period.”

Dean Cox doubled the Os lead at the Banks’s Stadium, with the diminutive winger scoring from inside his own half, a strike described by Slade as ‘magical’.