Heads-up foot­ball puts O’s on brink

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By War­ren Lucy

LEY­TON Ori­ent man­ager Danny Webb was left lament­ing three ‘un­be­liev­ably bad goals’ as a trio of Craw­ley head­ers in nine firsthalf min­utes plunged the O’s closer to the rel­e­ga­tion abyss.

Ori­ent started the brighter, with skip­per Liam Kelly firing wide af­ter barg­ing his way into the box.

But Craw­ley took the lead against the run of play on 23 min­utes when James Collins headed in his 20th of the sea­son, glanc­ing home Josh Payne’s free­kick.

Payne was the ar­chi­tect again mo­ments later, loft­ing another free­kick into the box and Joe McNer­ney looped a header past Sam Sargeant.

Craw­ley’s An­dre Black­man then smashed a long ball for­ward and Enzio Bold­ewijn raced through to flick the ball past Sargeant for a third headed fin­ish as Ori­ent are now seven points from safety.

But there were doubts as to whether or not the ball was clawed clear by the O’s stop­per be­fore it crossed the line, and Webb was left ru­ing his side’s luck.

“When you’re down there those de­ci­sions don’t go your way,” he said.

“I’m un­sure whether it crossed the line.”

The sec­ond half started qui­etly, but Craw­ley went close to adding to their tally through Rhys Mur­phy, be­fore the same player curled just past the post soon af­ter.

Payne was next to try his luck, but his ef­fort went com­fort­ably wide, as did another cou­ple from Bold­ewijn, as Craw­ley ended up com­fort­able win­ners in sunny Sus­sex.

And home boss Der­mot Drummy was de­lighted by his side’s dis­play.

“For the first 25 min­utes it was a fair game. Massey and Semedo were caus­ing us prob­lems with their move­ment,” he said. “Once we got the first goal our con­fi­dence raised. We then got a quick sec­ond one, Enzio has got the third and it took the sting out of Ori­ent.

“I thought Rhys Mur­phy played with more con­fi­dence and we weren’t play­ing panic balls af­ter the third goal.

“It's quite ev­i­dent what a key part con­fi­dence and a change in men­tal­ity plays.”

But for a down­beat Webb, he was left frus­trated with his side’s de­fend­ing.

“We were ex­cel­lent for the first 20 min­utes or so be­fore they scored,” he added.

“We con­ceded three un­be­liev­ably bad goals, which was our un­do­ing and the story of our sea­son re­ally. Liam Kelly was do­ing 14 jobs at once out there.

“We all need a lift right now but it’s very dif­fi­cult.”

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