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Salford City 3-0 Leyton Orient
Jobi McAnuff’s O’s season ended as a damp squib – in more ways than one – after last Saturday’s kick-off was delayed due to monsoon conditions in the Manchester area.
Sparking controversy, as all the other play-off challengers had kept kicked off an hour earlier, the Ammies win was only – ultimately – academic as closest rivals – Tranmere Rovers – picked up the required point, at home to Colchester United.
Despite surviving George Boyd’s fourteenth-minute penalty miss, another toothless performance saw the hosts stroll to victory, courtesy of a Robbie Gotts’ stroke of half-time strike, before the contest was effectively over by 66 minutes after Brandon Thomas-Asante had bagged a brace.
Having now overseen a four-game end of season capitulation, McAnuff’s interim head coach rôle ended, with Leyton Orient issuing the following statement;
“The Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Jobi McAnuff for carrying out the role in an interim capacity over the last 16 games of the season and acknowledge his hard work and dedication during that period.”
“The Club’s search for a replacement manager will focus on candidates with experience in management at both League 2 and League 1 level as we undertake a programme of rebuilding the squad with the ambition of achieving promotion next season.”
Salford City: Hladky, Touray, Lowe, Eastham (Capt), Clarke, Boyd, Threlkeld, Gotts, Golden, Thomas-Asante, Henderson Subs not used: Evans (GK), Gibson, Elliot, Burgess, Dieseruvwe, Coutts, Loughlan
Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, Ling, Widdowson (Sotiriou 54’), Cisse (Capt) (Clay 64’), Happe, Wilkinson, Kemp, Brophy, Dennis (Johnson 55’), Akinola, Kyprianou Subs not used: Sargeant, Sweeney, Young, Freeman