Sawyer is ready to fight for sur­vival

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Lee Jones

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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