Exeter City 4-0 Leyton Orient
New Orient boss, Jobi McAnuff, has warned his underperforming players apart from Conor Wilkinson, everyone else’s place is under threat’ after a Matt Jay hat-trick, following Joel Randall’s opener, ended the new boss’s honeymoon period abruptly, on Saturday.
A disastrous start – with Lawrence Vigouroux conceding two soft Joel Randall and Matt Jay strikes, was compounded by Jay tapping home a third on the stroke of half-time. Craig Clay managed the O’s only on-target effort of a forgettable opening half.
Despite a half-time formation change, with Wilkinson replacing Joe Widdowson and forming a front two, with Danny Johnson, the O’s went further behind on 50 minutes.
Jay’s dummy split the east Londoners’ defence and Tunji Akinola floored Randall – and was lucky only to receive a yellow card. Jay – almost nonchalantly – stepped up and side-footed home from twelve yards.
Wilkinson’s trickery was the only highlight of very much under-par display and a couple of long-range free-kicks, from the former Bolton man, at least stretched the Grecians’ Icelandic loan-keeper, Jökull Andrésson.
McAnuff added: “We were way below par all over the pitch and in terms of desire, we were second to everything. Their striker – Bowman – won a lot of possession and consequently, Exeter won most of the second balls. Consequently, that had the knock-on effect of us not being able to give our striker, Danny Johnson, the support he needed.”
“From front to back, we were nowhere near it. We’ve had words and at the same time, we have to take that responsibility. In terms of accountability, we’ll have to look at our team selection and preparation.”
“There weren’t many places to go after that first-half and then we go out and concede a poor penalty – from our point of view.”
He concluded: “In that second half we wanted a reaction and Conor Wilkinson certainly gave us that. There aren’t too many positives to take and I’m not holding goalkeeper, Lawrence Vigouroux responsible for the result. We are all in this together.”
Opposing boss, Matt Taylor said: “Orient had a fantastic midweek result at Grimsby. They were probably a little ‘leggy’ from all the travelling – they started a bit slowly – although we got a bit of luck with a couple of the goals”.
“It’ll take a new manager time to get his ideas over. They were certainly motivated – we just executed that fact better today. But, we didn’t score last Tuesday night against Walsall. However, one goal became two, and so on. Once we got to three, we were a lot more comfortable”.
Man-of-the-match, Jay, had the final word: “I’m absolutely delighted with the result and to get my hat-trick – you’ve got to be in the right place to score. I needed those goals, as I hadn’t scored for some time.”
Exeter City: Jökull Andrésson, Josh Key (Jake Caprice 80′), Rory McArdle, Alex Hartridge, Lewis Page. Jack Sparkes, Robbie Willmott, Jake Taylor (Capt), Archie Collins (Nigel Atangana 51′) Joel Randall, (Jordan Dyer 85′) Matt Jay, Ryan Bowman (Ben Seymour 80′) Subs not used: Harry Lee (GK), Alex Fisher
Leyton Orient: Lawrence Vigouroux, Tunji Akinola (Sam Ling 54′), Jamie Turley, Daniel Happe, Joe Widdowson (Conor Wilkinson 46′), Nick Freeman, Ouss Cissé, Craig Clay (Capt), Dan Kemp (Tristan Abrahams 54′), James Brophy, Danny Johnson Subs not used: Sam Sargeant (GK), James Dayton, Jayden Sweeney, Hector Kyprianou
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Daniel Flynn and Christopher Wade
Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable