Leyton Orient put to the sword by Sheffield United in FA Cup thrashing
PUBLISHED: 16:02 06 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:02 06 November 2016
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FA Cup first round: Sheffield United 6 Leyton Orient 0
Leyton Orient were thrashed 6-0 by Sheffield United in the first round of the FA Cup after another poor display at both ends of the pitch.
The Blades were a class apart at Bramall Lane and once they opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, there was only going to be one winner.
Alberto Cavasin’s team again struggled from set pieces and were lucky they didn’t lose by more to the League One outfit.
Alan Dunne made his first start for Orient in just under a year with the ex-Millwall man replacing Jens Janse, who was among the substitutes.
The experienced defender has come off the bench several times for O’s since Cavasin’s arrival, but not started for the east Londoners since the 3-1 defeat to Hartlepool United on November 15.
Jay Simpson was included from the off with Jordan Bowery among the replacements at Bramall Lane.
A minutes silence was impeccably observed by everyone inside the stadium prior to kick-off before the Blades got the action underway.
The hosts made a bright start, although it was Orient who created the first chance of note in the 10th minute.
Gavin Massey put a decent ball into the box which was cleared to Sandro Semedo on the edge, but he blazed way off target.
Two minutes later and Ollie Palmer showed excellent strength to hold off Jake Wright and run through on goal.
Wright got back well to get a touch on the ball as the O’s forward went to shoot and it enabled Aaron Ramsdale to make a comfortable save.
Blades replied well, however, with Daniel Lafferty firing over after Mark Duffy’s cross was cleared.
Duffy’s influence was to increase with the wide man having an effort cleared off the line by Callum Kennedy in the 20th minute.
It came back to the Sheffield United number 21 and although he left Dunne on the ground twice, he couldn’t carve out another opportunity.
Less than 60 seconds later and Duffy combined with Lafferty before forcing Alex Cisak to tip behind for a corner.
Cavasin’s team failed to react to the short corner and John Fleck dribbled into space before crossing for Chris Basham to head home at the back post.
With 22 minutes gone in Sheffield, Orient trailed to the high-flying League One side and it looked like being a long afternoon for the east Londoners.
Kieron Freeman tried his luck minutes later and curled wide before Harry Chapman tested Cisak after a mazy run.
The O’s appeared to whether the storm, but were forced to make a change in the 35th minute when Palmer limped off.
Bowery replaced the forward and two minutes later the visitors created a decent opportunity.
Atangana, having lost possession originally, won the ball back and found Semedo, who picked out Simpson.
The former Arsenal striker played in Massey down the right and he tested Aaron Ramsdale before being harshly penalised for a shoulder barge in the 37th minute.
Unfortunately six minutes before half time the Blades doubled their advantage after more poor defending from set pieces.
Duffy’s free kick was flicked by Basham into Stefan Scougall’s path and the United midfielder volleyed into the ground and it nestled into the bottom corner.
Things were to get even worst for the east Londoners on the stroke of half time as Freeman made it 3-0.
Chapman did well on the left and Cisak couldn’t get enough on his cross and Freeman headed in at the back post.
Two minutes of stoppage time were added on at Bramall Lane, but it went by without note and O’s needed a response in the second half to prevent a thrashing.
It took just nine minutes for the Blades to make it 4-0 with Chapman allowed to run past several players before finding the corner with ease.
Dunne had a rare shot on target for Orient in the 56th minute which was greeted with ironic cheers from both sets of supporters.
A terrible pass by Tom Parkes in the 65th minute allowed substitute David Brooks to run through on goal.
Brooks passed to Blades skipper Paul Coutts, but Cisak made a decent save with his feet to prevent any more humiliation for O’s.
United made it 5-0 in the 70th minute when Brooks controlled at the back post and crossed in for Chapman to score.
Paul McCallum was introduced straight away following the goal with Simpson the man to make way.
The ex-West Ham United striker had a good opportunity to reduce the arrears 13 minutes from time.
Dunne picked out Massey on the right and his cross found McCallum, but the forward got his header wrong and it went harmlessly over.
Orient’s problems got worst moments later when Parkes picked up an injury problem and limped off.
Janse replaced him with 10 minutes remaining and went to right-back with Dunne moving into the centre of defence.
The rain began to pour down at Bramall Lane as the O’s fans still in attendance waiting for the full time whistle.
Just two minutes of stoppage time were added on which was enough to see McCallum head over when under pressure from Ramsdale.
There was still time for another goal from the Blades as Chapman pounced on a mistake by Dunne and chipped Cisak to complete his hat-trick.
Orient fans were put out of their misery soon after the sixth with Cavasin’s team putting in another lacklustre performance, which resulted in the away supporters booing them off.
Since the Italian’s appointment on October 2, O’s have lost five of his six matches in charge with this being their heaviest defeat for a long time.
Sheffield United: Ramsdale; Freeman, Basham, Wright, O’Connell; Freeman; Coutts (Whiteman 73), Duffy (Brooks 60); Fleck, Lafferty, Scougall (Lavery 46); Chapman.
Unused substitutes: Long, Sharp, Brown, Reed.
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Dunne, Hunt, Parkes (Janse 80), Kennedy, Massey, Atangana, Weir, Semedo, Simpson (McCallum 70), Palmer (Bowery 35).
Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Collins, Pollock, Benedicic.
Attendance: 6,099 (316 Leyton Orient supporters).