WANDERERS KASHING IN
SCOTT KASHKET earned the plaudits from his manager but Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was also quick to praise his defence after their narrow win over Leyton Orient.
The striker’s 11th goal of the season was enough to win it for the home side and earn an eighth consecutive victory in all competitions.
Kashket came back to haunt his old side and Ainsworth said the Wanderers faithful are justifiably singing his praises.
“He writes his own headlines, doesn’t he? It’s week in, week out – I’m getting used to that song now,” he said.
“Scott would be the first to say his team-mates enabled him to be the headline man. They all went forward with that guile, that confidence. It’s never an arrogance, but it’s a real belief that we can create.
“He knows he has got some battlers and warriors around him and Scotty does get a rough end sometimes. But give him a bit of space and he’ll score goals.
“He was lucky not to go through one-on-one, he was fouled quite cynically but the referee saw it differently.
“It was brilliant from the boys overall. People will look at it and think it was an easy game – far from it. They were a good side.
“My back six were absolutely immense. Anthony Stewart was a colossus.”
Kashket’s decisive strike came in the 50th minute, a curling left-footed effort past O’s keeper Alex Cisak.
Wycome had two clear chances in injury time to settle nerves, but Matt Bloomfield’s header from the centre of the box was just too high and Sam Wood’s left-footed shot from the centre of the box drifted wide to the right.
Jay Simpson had earlier flashed a shot just wide for Orient and the visitors had seen Paul McCallum’s effort chalked off for offside.
The defeat leaves Orient out of the relegation zone only on goal difference and with seven losses in their last ten league games, but manager Andy Edwards refused to be too down on his side.
“I felt we were resilient and organised for most of the game and the one mistake we made we got punished for,” he said.
“From the first minute the opposition bench played the referees very well and it seemed to have an influence on the game. It was mainly through the small decisions.
“They were pinching about ten yards in throw-ins, which was frustrating.
“I have not seen whether our goal was offside or not but it looked offside, so we are not complaining that much.
“It is a shame we didn’t get the break as we’re not in the greatest of form.
“I do not think there’s much difference between top to bottom in this league. If you looked at the game, we did very well to contain Wycombe who have won their last eight.”
STAR MAN SCOTT KASHKET Wycombe CATCH ME! Wycombe’s Scott Kashket, left, sets off after scoring what was the winning goal