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The Opposition View

Following yesterday's home defeat to Leyton Orient, here are some views on the game from O's manager Geraint Williams, their match winner Scott McGleish, and a few of their fans.


Speaking to his club's official website, Williams described the win as "a big 90 minute performance."

"It was a case of - 'well done lads, we really earned that.' We put the work in, we defended properly, we had a lot of set-pieces to deal with against a big side, and we got our reward," said the Orient boss.

Williams felt his side were stronger in the second half and had created four or five really good chances including Scott McGleish's winning goal.

"Football's a funny old game like that," he said, "He had a great chance earlier and you thought maybe it wasn't going to be his day, but typical Scott, he kept on going. It was another good ball into the box, Scott threw himself at it and it was a fantastic finish."


McGleish also spoke to his club's website after what he called "a big win for us."

Referring to his previous connection with the Chairboys, McGleish said: "I wouldn't say it was sweeter because I've scored against my former club. I still have mates there and I wouldn't like to see them go down, but I'm an Orient player and I wanted three points, so I was delighted to get the goal."

The Orient striker felt his side created a lot of chances and played some good football.

"I think we deserved the win for our second half performance," he said. "I've gone through and tried to dink the keeper but he's saved it. I had another shot wide and Andros (Townsend) had a couple go over the bar. We played some good football and I'm thankful the goal came along."



The Orient fans didn't think much of the game or Wycombe's chances of scoring enough goals to avoid relegation.

The following extracts are from 'The Football Forum,' BBC606 and the Leyton Orient FC Official Fans' Message Board.'



Hutch wrote:
'It looks grim for Wycombe - a team that can't score goals and don't win their home games, with financial worries aplenty, and a chairman who's just persuaded the rest of the board to sign over ownership of the ground to himself, to cover debts he himself has run up.'



chrissmith wrote:
'Dear god that was awful. Wouldn't surprise me to see this fixture in L2 next year.'



The Terminator wrote:
'Poor game between two very similar football clubs. Wycombe, despite forcing 20 corners were just as clueless as us up top. The difference in the end was the 200+ goal veteran McGleish who stuck away a difficult header. Matt Harrold huffed and puffed but will never be a natural goalscorer. The only place I can see these two clubs next season is League Two, 0-0 would've been fair, but from our view we've got something to hold on to.'



Judge Dredd wrote:
'McGleish should start whenever he's fit and Wycombe can look forward to relegation.'



Simba wrote:
'Wycombe do look relegation material already. Teams with a fast guy up front will have a field day against them.'



Mr Hands wrote:
'It was a 'smash and grab' if ever I saw one. Wycombe were better than us but never looked like scoring despite having about 20 corners. Their wingers were good though.'



Oooh Terry Howard wrote:
'We had the three or four best chances of the game and could have been 3-0 winners (a little unfairly) but this mob are doomed to relegation.'



Josef K wrote:
'A good battling performance from the lads, but let's not get carried away, yesterday was a game with no quality on show from either team. We laboured to a win and once in front couldn't hold on to the ball and had to dig in with some real backs-to-the-wall defending. Wycombe's only real threat came down the wings and that was dealt with by our two full backs'



easteasteastlondonO wrote:
'It was a game between two relegation candidates settled by the oldest curse in football. Scotty was always going to have his say today, and it was great to see the home fans applauding him as well.'



RichmondO wrote:
'After today's performance, I don't know how Wycombe are going to score more than 10 goals this season.'


I think he's wrong there. I can definitely see us scoring one more goal at some point.


Next Game: Gillingham (A) Saturday 10th October 3.00pm



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Writer:Len
Date:Sunday October 4 2009
Time: 12:33PM

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