Football - Slade: Wintry weather was winner

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade admitted the poor weather played a huge part in his side's goalless draw against Swindon.

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The game took place in atrocious conditions of driving rain and a strong wind.

Both teams came close to breaking the deadlock, with O's `keeper Jamie Jones denying Alan McCormack's long-range effort and Andy Williams hitting the crossbar, while Swindon stopper Wes Foderingham produced a splendid save to deny substitute Jimmy Smith.

"Nobody played for a draw and I thought that conditions were probably the winner in the end to be honest," said Slade.

"I thought that their `keeper pulled off a really, really good save from our substitute Jimmy Smith right at the end to keep it at 0-0 because it was a really good opportunity.

"I thought they had the better of the first half and I thought we came more into it in the second period and looked a lot more of a threat. We played the conditions a lot better in the second half.

"There were one or two decisions that I felt didn't go our way. The referee overruled the linesman two or three times so yes, I did find it slightly frustrating.

"Swindon were denied by the woodwork but maybe we earned that little bit of luck. I asked the players for total commitment and that's what I got.

"We were up against a very good in-form side, who are a free-scoring side, and for us to keep a clean sheet in those conditions was excellent."

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