Slade revels in late strike

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Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade could not disguise his delight at seeing his side snatch a late equaliser that allowed them to move out of the bottom four for the first time this season following the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

Charlie Daniels had been given a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Lee Williamson after 73 minutes and Orient looked to have paid a heavy price 10 minutes later when Chris Porter put the visitors in front, only for Kevin Lisbie to snatch a dramatic last-gasp equaliser deep into added time.

"It would have been very disappointing for me if we had not got something out of the game because it would have meant that the best side would have lost," Slade said. "For sure, we deserved at least that point out of the game if not more."

The performance of referee Oliver Langford, whose handling of the latter stages of the game brought a number of outbursts from Slade and his coaching staff on the touchline during the match, also led to some ugly scenes at the end of the game between the United bench and Orient supporters.

Slade said: "I can't really comment on him otherwise it will be a very long interview. However, my analyst has already tagged in 20 decisions.

"We should have had a free-kick moments before the sending off when my player was pulled down to the ground. We'll have another look on the DVD at the tackle made by Charlie Daniels, but at first look, it appears as if Charlie has got the ball first to be honest."

Blades boss Danny Wilson was left frustrated by the result.

He said: "It was a scrappy game in all honesty and we probably had the clearest cut chances of those that were created. It was just a scrap throughout . When you go one-nil up as we did and then to throw it away at the end just by bad decisions makes it very frustrating.

"We have lost two points and some of the decisions we have made in the last few minutes were what caused the goal. We've got some very experienced players who should have done better than they did in those circumstances. We dropped deep, didn't keep the ball well enough and we didn't see the game out and from my point of view, that was criminal.

"When you have your noses in front like we had, you have to see the game out. We had at least two clear chances that we should have done better with but you can't keep squandering those opportunities."

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