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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Leyton Orient 2
Saturday 23rd January 2016
Football League Two
Wanderers came crashing back down to earth following a 2-0 home defeat to Leyton Orient. After the media spotlight of the FA Cup ties with Aston Villa, Wycombe's third successive League defeat has seen them drop to 9th place in the table and having failed to find the net in 270 minutes of League football.
The defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that lost to Aston Villa in the week - Alex Lynch replacing the departed Matt Ingram in goal, while Sido Jombati returned to the starting line-up in place of Matt Bloomfield who was ruled out with a deadleg. There was no place in the matchday squad for the seemingly out of favour Aaron Amadi-Holloway.
In one of the most shot starved games seen at Adams Park for some time, neither side showed signs of scoring in an opening 45 minutes that the biggest shouts came when Luke O'Nein claimed he had been fouled in the penalty area on 37 minutes. Meanwhile, at the other end Lynch looked to have tipped over a Calaum Jahraldo-Martin effort from the left corner of the box but referee Darren Bond gave a goal-kick.
Returning loanee Paris Cowan-Hall was introduced on 57 minutes for a tiring Paul Hayes but it was The O's who went on to grab the points. The winning goal came on 64 minutes when Jay Simpson tucked the ball in, unmarked, following a long clearance that had been headed into the Wycombe box from the left wing. The goal did spark Wanderers' best spell of the game - a minute after Simpson's strike, head tennis in The O's box ended with Wanderers unable to connect with the loose ball, while on 79 minutes substitute Gozie Ugwu acrobatically missed a chance at the near post after Cowan-Hall had delivered an impressive cross from the left bye-line. With two minutes of normal time remaining, Joe Jacobson curled a right-footed effort wide of the right-hand upright. But it was the visitors who sealed victory in the 89th minute when they broke down the left wing through Simpson who set-up Jahraldo-Martin to slide the ball past the outstretched leg of Lynch from 12 yards. Wanderers now have a welcome break before taking on 2nd placed Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on Saturday 30th January.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Leyton Orient 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "We didnít create enough today by a long way and I thought we had the better of the game and were quite comfortable in the first half. The creativity wasnít great today and when we did have chances to cross it we didnít put the right crosses in. We were just playing it into the keepers arms or just putting hopeful balls in. we are better than that and we have proved that in the last campaign and at the start of this one."
"There was not much in the game, just two shots on goal and they have both gone in and that is poor. Like I say when you are are not creating you have to try and keep things secure at the back. You canít let Jay Simpson have two touches in the box because he is going to tuck it away."
The Wycombe Manager added: "I didn't think anyone was going to score first half against us. But in the second half, the goal changes everything, it was a poor defensive goal. We fell asleep, you can't give Jay Simpson time in the box, he's the top scorer in the country. Before that there was absolutely nothing in the game and it was heading for a 0-0. There were two shots on goal in the whole game. Both were from Leyton Orient and both went it. It's a disappointing game, especially after Tuesday's exit from the FA Cup. We've got a full week now to prepare for Plymouth and I want to get rid of any hangover from the FA Cup and especially against Orient."
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