HENDON BLAST AT RED CALL
IAN Hendon was left angered by the manner of Leyton Orient’s defeat at Crawley Town as his side’s poor form continued.
The O’s have won just one of their last eight games and slipped down to seventh after beginning the day in third.
Having taken the lead through Jay Simpson, goals from Roarie Deacon and Mitch Hancox put Crawley in control before a controversial moment on the brink of half-time.
The hosts were awarded a penalty when Rhys Murphy went down under Alan Dunne’s challenge and the defender was sent off before Simon Walton converted.
“It looked like a penalty, but I don’t think it was a sending off,” said head coach Hendon.
“When you look closely at the video, the lad’s already on his way down before Dunney gets anywhere near him.
“We’ve taken the game to them for long periods, even in the second half with ten men. Just defensively, we didn’t switch on.
“We were in control, but then we conceded the goals. A couple of them are sloppy in the way they’ve gone in. Alex Cisak has got to do better for the second one.”
Crawley had only found the net in one of their six previous home league games but ended that run in spectacular fashion.
Simpson put Orient in front after just eight minutes, converting after Ollie Palmer’s header hit the post and crossbar.
It should have been 2-0 when an under-hit ball back to Crawley keeper Callum Preston was seized upon by Simpson, but he lifted his attempt wide of the post. Orient went into cruise control but were punished when Deacon sent a low effort in via the far post.
The home side did have the ball in the back of the net moments later, but Palmer was adjudged to be offside before Simpson tapped in. Crawley then surged into the lead in the 37th minute, when Orient failed to deal with a corner and corner-kick taker Hancox drilled the ball inside Cisak’s near post.
Orient’s self-destruction continued with Dunne’s red card and Walton sending Cisak the wrong way from the spot.
Hendon replaced Palmer with Millwall loanee John Marquis at half-time but it was Crawley who almost scored again only for a fine save from Cisak to deny Matt Harrold.
Orient upped the pressure and reduced the deficit when Simpson fired in on the turn.
And a late strike from Sammy Moore was hacked away as the hosts held on to record a first home league win of the season.
“I’m delighted for the players and the supporters,” said Crawley boss Mark Yates.
“We didn’t start particularly well and they showed what a decent side they are.
“We had a little bit of luck. They could have gone two up when Simpson went through and put it wide, but that’s probably the first time a mistake hasn’t cost us in ten games.”
“Fifteen minutes later we turned the game on its head, we scored some good goals and looked a decent attacking outfit and that’s what we want.
“Credit to the players, they stuck at it and we got what we deserved.”
POINTING THE WAY: Simon Walton celebrates scoring Crawley's third goal from the penalty spot STAR MAN MITCH HANCOX Crawley