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Leyton Orient v Fleetwood Town – Sky Bet League One – Gaughan Group Stadium – Report

Leyton Orient 0-1 Fleetwood Town

Despite Xavier Simons’ stoppage time goal seeing Fleetwood Town through to a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at the Gaughan Group Stadium, it was ultimately a day of disappointment for the Cod Army – who by virtue of fellow strugglers Burton Albion’s 3-2 victory over Reading, were relegated from Sky Bet League One.         

O’s boss Richie Wellens made three changes to his starting line-up following the 3-0 defeat at Derby County last Saturday with Rob Hunt, Zech Obiero and Dan Agyei coming into the side in place of Darren Pratley, John Moncur and Khayon Edwards.

After Shaq Forde was brought to ground outside the box, Tom James’ swerving free kick was palmed over the bar by Jay Lynch at full stretch to deny the Welshman a spectacular ninth-minute opener.

With O’s pushing forward and causing Fleetwood problems down the flanks with Ollie O’Neill looking particularly lively on the left, a passing movement out from the back found Obiero to drive on through the Cod Army defence before firing high over the crossbar from just outside the box.

Just after the half-hour mark, O’Neill slipped the ball through for Ethan Galbraith, only for the Northern Ireland international to see his fierce strike tipped just inches wide of the top right corner by Lynch.

After winning the ball deep inside his own half, Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu went close to putting Fleetwood one up after racing through the O’s defence before a last-ditch tackle by Omar Beckles took the ball off of the former Colchester United midfielder’s toe before he had the chance to steady himself to shoot.

Just after the resumption, with their first real goalscoring opportunity of the match, Carl Johnston found himself in space only for his bullet header to be thwarted by a fine save by O’s stopper Sol Brynn at the far post.

With Fleetwood starting to take more of a firm foothold into the game as the half progressed, Brynn was forced into action once more in the sixty-seventh minute, diving full length to spectacularly tip Ryan Broom’s volley wide of the post to yet again maintain parity.

O’s went close to breaking the deadlock in the eighty-second minute after the ball was played out wide on the left for O’Neill to cut inside and unleash a magnificent effort just inches past the far post with Lynch beaten.

With the game looking to be heading towards an almost certain stalemate, deep into stoppage time, Brynn was beaten all ends up from deep outside the area by Simons’ strike into the bottom right corner as the Cod Army came through to claim the points at the death.

A disappointing afternoon for O’s, who conclude their Sky Bet League One season at Croud Meadow against Shrewsbury Town next Saturday (12.30pm).

Leyton Orient: Brynn, James, Simpson (Happe 79’) Agyei (Moncur 67’) Brown (Pratley 76’) Forde, Beckles (Capt) O’Neill, Galbraith, Obiero (Adu-Adjei 76’) Hunt (Sanders 79’) Subs not used: Howes, Pigott

 Fleetwood Town: Lynch, Johnston, Wiredu (Capt) Lawal, Kilkenny, Broom (Patterson 76’) Heneghan, Simons, Gradon (Coughlan 72’) Omochere (Lonerghan 64’) Rooney. Subs not used: McMullan, Campbell, Mayor, Quitirna

Referee: Alex Chilowicz

Assistants: Alan Cresswell and Daniel Robinson

Fourth Official: Conall Bartlett

Attendance: 8,249