Sawyer is ready to fight for survival
DEFENDER Gary Sawyer has vowed Leyton Orient will roll their sleeves up after a sixth defeat in nine games plunged them deeper into trouble.
This game very much followed the form book as Scunthorpe continued their climb away from the relegation zone with a confident performance that saw two goals for striker Tom Hopper.
Orient were booed off at the end of both the first and second half but fullback Sawyer insists the players are behind boss Fabio Liverani – who has so far failed to improve their fortunes.
“The fans have got every right to be unhappy. They are the ones paying to see it and that wasn’t good enough. We know that and we need to put it right,” said Sawyer.
“We need to stick together at this time. We’ve got a good group of boys in that dressing room and everybody is going to fight.
“We deserve criticism that’s come our way – that wasn’t good enough.We need to work harder, but we’re all behind the manager.
“We’re professional, we just need to roll our sleeves up to get through these tough times.”
Orient’s best chance of the afternoon came in their first attack, when Chris Dagnall crashed a shot against the foot of the upright with keeper Luke Daniels beaten at his near post.
Fortune also favoured the Iron as they went ahead in the 13th minute, though Liam O’Neil’s curling finish was expertly put away even if the ball had been deflected into his path by the back of referee Keith Hill.
Once in front, United never looked back. They doubled their lead in the 28th minute courtesy of a goalkeeping howler from the O’s Gary Woods, who fumbled Gary McSheffrey’s cross over the line, and Hopper’s first of the afternoon, a far post finish from Paddy Madden’s perfect pass, made it 3-0 just after the break.
Substitute Darius Henderson, back after a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury, was the home side’s best player following his introduction at the break.
He got Orient back in the game from the penalty spot, after being bundled to the floor, but Scunthorpe never looked like letting the hosts make any further inroads into their lead and Hopper’s flicked finish wrapped it up ten minutes from time.
“It was brilliant, exactly what you want from an away performance,” said Scunthorpe manager Mark Robins. “Even though it was a scrappy game, there was real quality in the goals we scored.
“We were talking at half time about keeping a clean sheet, so I’m a bit disappointed with the goal we conceded from the penalty spot. But that’s me nit-picking.”
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