Match Report: Tranmere Rovers 2 Leyton Orient 0 – 10/3/12

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Leyton Orient suffered their second away defeat in a week as Tranmere claimed their first victory 0f 2012. Orient conceded two goals late in the first half and that was enough to consign them to another defeat. Russell Slade’s options were already limited and injuries to key players Scott Cuthbert, Dean Cox and Kevin Lisbie made the prospect of an away win all the more unlikely.

 

Yet again the visitors were under pressure early in the game, as Andy Robinson came close to scoring and soon after the home side had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Andy Madely. Matthew Spring was denied a goal when his free kick hit the woodwork half way through the first half. Ten minutes before the break Tranmere opened the scoring as Orient failed to deal with a corner and Robinson took full advantage, volleying the ball past Paul Rachubka. The O’s argued that Robinson had handled the ball, but their appeals were in vain as the goal stood. Like last week against Walsall, Orient’s defensive frailty from corners had been exploited. Rovers extended their lead on the brink of half time as a cross from Danny Holmes was allowed to reach the back post where Enoch Showumni was on hand to convert the chance.

 

Orient’s injury curse struck yet again at half time as Jamal Campbell-Ryce had to be replaced by George Porter. Chances came Orient’s way in the second half however they did not have the quality to convert them. Mooney, Spring and Chorley all had attempts at goal but none managed to beat Rovers keeper Owain fon Williams. As the half entered it’s final third, George Porter had the best chance of the second period to grab a goal for the visitors as he followed up on a Matthew Spring shot, but fon Williams pulled off an impressive double save.

 

This defeat extends Orient’s winless run to five matches and continues their slide down the table. A few weeks ago it seemed that Orient would finish the season around mid-table however they are doing their best to become embroiled in a relegation scrap. The O’s currently sit six points above the drop zone and hold two games in hand over all of the teams in the bottom four. This advantage should see the O’s retain their status in League One, but they will need to improve significantly over the coming weeks as they still have to play all of the current top six before the end of the season.  Brentford are next up for Orient at Brisbane Road and Russell Slade will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the five-nil trashing that his side received in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

 

 

 

Match Stats

 

 

Tranmere Rovers

Leyton Orient

Goals

2

0

 

Robinson 35’

 

Showumni 45’

Possession

51%

49%

Shots on Target

8

5

Shots off Target

3

5

Corners

5

2

Fouls

11

11

Yellow Cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

0

 
 

 

 

Line-ups

 

Tranmere Rovers

 

Leyton Orient

       
1 Owain fon Williams 28 Paul Rachubka
15 Danny Holmes 2 Syam Ben Youssef
5 Ian Goodison 4 Ben Chorley
12 Ash Taylor 6 Terrell Forbes
16 David Buchanan 14 Leon McSweeney
17 Lucas Akins   89’ 20 Jimmy Smith   77’
8 John Welsh 8 Adam Reed
27 James Wallace 16 Matthew Spring
11 Andy Robinson  81’ 29 Jamal Campbell-Ryce  46’
7 Enoch Showumni   68’ 39 David Mooney
28 Ryan Brunt 11 Calvin Andrew
       
  Subs   Subs
13 Andy Coughlin 24 Tom Lovelock
3 Zoumana Bakayogo  68’ 19 Mike Cestor
4 Joss Labadie   81’ 17 Marc Laird    77′
10 Robbie Weir   89’ 25 Smith
26 Cole Stockton 15 George Porter    46′
       

 

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