Payne’s gain lifts up the lucky O’s

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jamie Bow­man

MORECAMBE boss Jim Bent­ley was left be­moan­ing his side’s luck af­ter they nar­rowly lost the first-ever meet­ing be­tween the Shrimps and Ley­ton Ori­ent.

A freak goal from Ori­ent mid­fielder Jack Payne set­tled a drab en­counter with Bent­ley dis­ap­pointed to see Morecambe’s run of four suc­ces­sive wins come to an end.

“It was one of those days and we’ve had a lit­tle bit of bad luck with the goal,” said Bent­ley.

“There wasn’t much be­tween us and I thought we had the bet­ter chances in the first half and we had some great chances in the sec­ond half too but over­all it went flat and stale.

“We had a good go but we just didn’t get that lit­tle bit of luck.

“We’ve come away get­ting beaten in a game that we prob­a­bly didn’t do enough to win but cer­tainly didn’t de­serve to lose.”

The home side en­joyed the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion in a tight first half and it was against the run of play when it was the vis­i­tors who took the lead in the most bizarre of cir­cum­stances.

Payne over­ran the ball on the edge of the area but as de­fender Ryan Ed­wards punted it for­ward, the mid­fielder slid in to block the clear­ance which can­noned off his shin and flew into the net.

Ear­lier Jamie De­vitt had gone close with a header from Tom Barkhuizen’s cross and the hosts also had a good penalty shout turned down af­ter Mathieu Baudry brought down Paul Mullin in­side the penalty area.

The sec­ond half re­peated the pat­tern of the first with Morecambe en­joy­ing plenty of the ball but it was the Lon­don­ers who could have dou­bled their lead five min­utes af­ter the break when Ol­lie Palmer went very close with his ef­fort.

Morecambe con­tin­ued to threaten lit­tle un­til Barkhuizen’s last-minute shot was well saved by Alex Cisak.

A penalty shout late on was turned down for hand­ball, only adding to the hosts’ frus­tra­tion.

Ori­ent man­ager Ian Hen­don was de­lighted with his side’s per­for­mance.

“The clean sheets have been elu­sive of late and that per­for­mance was just what I had been ask­ing for,” he said.

“We got a bit of luck but I’m de­lighted with the re­sult.

“We said at half time that the goal was the lit­tle bit of luck we needed and credit to the play­ers, they dug in and bat­tled and we got the re­sult.

“We’ve had some tough games and it was a re­lief to get that win.

“We per­form well at home so it was nice to come all this way and keep a clean sheet.

“1-0 is a great score­line, es­pe­cially away from home.”

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