Dis­as­trous de­but for O’s new boss Riza

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ge­orge Ses­sions

OMER Riza en­dured a dread­ful first taste of man­age­ment as he was sent off at half-time, with for­mer un­der-18s as­sis­tant Fred­erico Mo­rais over­see­ing the sec­ond half of Ley­ton Ori­ent’s de­feat to Wy­combe.

Riza only took over in mid­week fol­low­ing Danny Webb’s res­ig­na­tion, and on Fri­day it was re­vealed that play­ers and staff have not been paid this month.

Things went from bad to worse when Tom Parkes was sent off for a high tackle on 27 min­utes, and his man­ager joined him at the break af­ter say­ing some­thing to ref­eree Charles Break­s­pear.

That left Mo­rais to step into the breach with Hack­ney garage owner and Sup­port­ers Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer Er­rol McKel­lar pro­moted to his as­sis­tant.

Riza was adamant after­wards that Break­s­pear had been ex­ces­sive in dis­miss­ing Parkes.

He said: “The red card was way too harsh. It was Parkesy’s first tackle and whether he has gone in high or not, he hasn’t touched Wy­combe’s player at all.

“Yes he is high, so give him a yel­low and crack on with the game, so I felt it was very harsh.

“With the sec­ond goal, the lines­man should be in line with the deep­est de­fender, so he can see ev­ery­thing that is go­ing on and the ref­eree should be in a good po­si­tion to see it and they weren’t. It is two de­ci­sions which have cost us.”

But on tak­ing the job, Riza added: “I couldn’t leave the club in the sit­u­a­tion they are in.”

Ori­ent had started life un­der Riza brightly but lost their way when Parkes was shown red for a high chal­lenge on Garry Thomp­son.

Matt Bloom­field fired the vis­i­tors ahead just af­ter the half-hour and two min­utes later Myles We­ston tapped home a loose ball, with Riza in­censed at a per­ceived push on Jens Janse in the build-up.

The win keeps Wy­combe in the play-off hunt, just four points be­hind sev­enth-place Carlisle, and Gareth Ainsworth has set his sights on the top seven.

“I am re­ally pleased with our per­for­mance – it was pro­fes­sional and, at this stage of the sea­son, all I care about is get­ting the points,” said Ainsworth.

“How we do it isn’t up to me, but if it comes through a send­ing off, an own goal or com­ing off some­one’s back­side I will take it.

“We have worked damn hard to get where we are and I am glad we are still in touch with the play-offs.

“We hope to be strong for the run-in and then it’s up to me to pick the right bod­ies and get the points on the board, be­cause I want to get in the play-offs.”


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