Leyton Orient go bottom after horrow show at Accrington Stanley as relegation looms for Danny Webb’s team
PUBLISHED: 21:44 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 21:44 14 March 2017
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Sky Bet League Two: Accrington Stanley 5 Leyton Orient 0
Leyton Orient conceded four times after the break at Accrington Stanley to suffer their 23rd defeat of the League Two campaign to fall to the bottom of the table.
Relegation is all but confirmed now for Danny Webb’s team after a terrible defeat in Lancashire this evening.
After a bright start, Orient were second best throughout and will almost certainly not be playing in the Football League next season.
Gavin Massey returned for O’s following his two-match suspension and teen Steven Alzate dropped to the bench as a result.
A decent number of Orient fans made the lengthy trip up to Lancashire and braved the cold weather for the game.
The first effort of note occurred in the third minute when Massey cut inside and curled an shot towards goal.
Marek Rodak saved with ease and Accrington responded with Jordan Clark testing Charlie Grainger.
Four minutes later and the hosts threatened yet again as Billy Kee headed down for Seamus Conneely, but he fired wide.
Orient hit back instantly, however, as Sam Dalby turned nicely and played Massey in, though the winger dragged his shot past the post.
It had been a breathless start at the Crown Ground and O’s went close again in the eighth minute as Dalby headed straight at Rodak.
Sandro Semedo brushed past Harvey Rodgers in the 10th minute before blazing over as Webb’s team looked full of confidence.
Accrington always looked dangerous and referee Graham Salisbury awarded them a free kick in a good position straight after Semedo’s effort.
Callum Kennedy was harshly adjudged to have pulled down Clark and set-piece specialist Shay McCartan stood over the free kick.
Fortunately for O’s, the Stanley number 10 smashed over the crossbar and it remained goalless in Lancashire.
The hosts should have opened the scoring in the 14th minute, though, when Rodgers cut back for McCartan, but he drilled wide from 10-yards.
Stanley were starting to get on top now and Nicky Hunt was forced into a brilliant last-ditch tackle to deny McCartan again.
O’s club captain needed treatment after the challenge, but was able to continue and the hosts carried on pressing.
Omar Beckles headed a Sean McConville free kick wide before Tom Parkes had to put a Clark cross behind.
It had been all Accrington for the past 10 minutes, but Orient felt they should have been awarded a penalty midway through the half.
Massey glided past Rodgers and the Stanley right-back brought down the O’s winger inside the area.
Orient appealed for a spot-kick, but play was waved on in the 26th minute and the hosts continued to push for the opener.
After withstanding a sustained period of pressure, the visitors slowly began to get a foothold back into the contest.
Good play between Massey and Koroma resulted in Myles Judd running through on the right and winning O’s a corner.
Sandro Semedo’s delivery was dangerous, but Rodak managed to punch clear and the hosts got back on the attack.
Hunt and Judd were forced to make a joint-block to stop McConville before Orient cleared and Koroma had an effort saved.
Webb had to make a change two minutes before the break as Hunt, who picked up a knock in the 18th minute, had to be replaced.
Teddy Mezague came on and Stanley then deservedly took the lead on the stroke of half time.
McConville curled a corner into the area and Kee was able to nod home from close range in the 44th minute.
Grainger could have potentially come for the cross, but the goal was nothing to do with Mezague’s introduction.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for Orient just before the interval, although Stanley fully deserved to be ahead.
Two minutes of stoppage time were added on at the end of the half, but O’s managed to come in trailing by just the one goal.
Nigel Atangana was introduced for Freddy Moncur at the break, as Orient searched for an early reply.
The midfielder was immediately involved as he released Judd down the right, but his cross was claimed by Rodak.
Webb’s team soon found themselves on the back foot and in the 51st minute they conceded a second.
McConville floated a free kick towards the back post and Matty Pearson powerfully headed into the corner.
It was yet again poor defending by Orient and it looked like they were heading for another league defeat.
Dalby made way straight after the goal with Stevenage loanee Rowan Liburd making his first appearance since February 25.
The O’s nearly pulled one back in the 62nd minute when Koroma intercepted a pass at the back and saw his effort blocked by Rodak.
Liburd did well to hold the ball up in the 66th minute and find Collins, who won Orient a corner.
It was a rare chance to pull one back and Massey picked up the loose ball following the set-piece.
After getting past his marker, Massey crossed to the back post where Parkes headed over under pressure.
Kennedy needed treatment soon after and eventually he was able to resume with 20 minutes remaining.
Liburd showed his strength with quarter of an hour remaining as he held off Beckles and teed up Koroma.
Koroma could only curl straight into the arms of Rodak from just outside of the area and the chance was gone.
Things nearly got worse for Orient with 10 minutes remaining as McCartan tested O’s custodian Grainger before Kennedy cleared Beckles header off the line.
With six minutes remaining the visitors did find themselves three goals down as Stanley added another.
Accrington substitute Jonny Edwards raced through and had a shot deflected past Grainger, but Kennedy cleared.
The clearance only went as far as McConville and he curled into the top corner from 25-yards to make it 3-0.
Orient gave the ball away straight from the restart and Grainger had a moment to forget as the hosts added another.
McConville tried his luck from just inside O’s half and his lob hit the crossbar and rebounded off the away goalkeeper and in.
It was a stunning effort by the Stanley number 11, although it will go down as a Grainger own-goal.
Three minutes of stoppage time were added on and unfortunately there was still time for more O’s punishment.
Pearson was played in down the right and the full-back came inside and smashed in the hosts fifth.
Salt had been added to Orient’s wounds and eventually the full-time whistle followed to hand them a heavy loss.
Webb’s team are bottom of the table after Newport County’s win at Morecambe and all but relegated now ahead of Doncaster Rovers visit on Saturday.
Accrington Stanley: Rodak; Rodgers, Beckles, Hughes, Pearson; Clark (Shaw 87), Conneely, Brown (Husin 77), McConville, McCartan (Edwards 82); Kee.
Unused substitutes: Chapman, Gornell, Boco, Hewitt.
Leyton Orient: Grainger; Judd, Hunt (Mezague 43), Parkes, Kennedy; Massey, Moncur (Atangana 46), Collins, Semedo; Koroma, Dalby (Liburd 53).
Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Alzate, Clark, Abrahams.
Attendance: 1,306 (198 Leyton Orient supporters)
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