WAN­DER­ERS KASHING IN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jack­son Jones

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.”

PIC­TURES: Prime Me­dia Im­age

STAR MAN SCOTT KASHKET Wy­combe CATCH ME! Wy­combe’s Scott Kashket, left, sets off af­ter scor­ing what was the win­ning goal

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