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Leyton Orient
Lawrence Vigouroux
Sam Ling
Yellow card for Sam Ling
Ouss Cisse
Dan Happe
Jobi McAnuff (c)
Craig Clay
Yellow card for Craig Clay
Conor Wilkinson
James Brophy
Yellow card for James Brophy
Tunji Akinola
Lee Angol
Danny Johnson
1 goals for Danny Johnson

Sotiriou 90+1'

Salford City FC
Vaclav Hladky
Ibou Touray
Jason Lowe
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Ash Eastham (c)
Tom Clarke

Denny 70'

Di'Shon Bernard
Luke Burgess

Andrade 57'

Oscar Threlkeld
James Wilson
Brandon Thomas-Asante

Elliott 70'

Ian Henderson
Sam Sargeant
Joe Widdowson
Josh Coulson
Jordan Maguire-Drew
James Dayton
Ruel Sotiriou
Hector Kyprianou
Tom Elliott
Bruno Andrade
Jordan Turnbull
Martin Smith
Alex Denny
Mo Touray
Head Coach - Ross Embleton
Manager - Richie Wellens
Match Officals
Referee - Carl Brook
Assistant Referee - Mike Desborough
Assistant Referee - Daniel Cook
Fourth Official - Charles Breakspear

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Salford City started 2021 in disappointing fashion, with a 1-0 defeat at Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium. Danny Johnson’s 14th league goal of the season was enough to settle at keenly contested game that produced relatively few clear-cut opportunities. Nevertheless, the Ammies will look back on a couple of great chances that weren’t tucked away and Richie Wellens will be seeking a return to winning ways on Tuesday evening at Mansfield.

There was one enforced change from the side that started Boxing Day's win over Walsall. Ash Hunter picked up his 5th yellow card of the season during that match, with a one game suspension to go with it. Luke Burgess – scorer of a memorable solo goal against the Saddlers – was drafted in as a replacement.

The O’s had won 5 out of their previous 6 home league games and looked as if they would be difficult to break down from the start. In fact, both defences looked sharp during the early exchanges with not a real sniff of a chance until the 9th minute. Brandon Thomas-Asante slipped a nice reverse pass into the path of Ibou Touray on Salford’s left and set off on a run after receiving the return. A square ball inside found Burgess beyond the far post and he played a one-two with Ian Henderson before drilling in an angled left-foot 15-yarder. A decent effort that was smothered by O’s keeper Lawrence Vigouroux who started a counter that led to the game’s first corner.

Nothing came of the set-piece and although the Ammies were looking neat in possession, most of it was in their own half of the pitch. It was a similar story for Orient in what was already looking likely to be a tight affair.

Salford were looking slightly the more threatening side at this point and really should have gone ahead in the 16th minute. Di’Shon Bernard stroked a pass to James Wilson on the left and the in-form front-man stole a yard on Tunji Akinola before crossing low into the danger area. It was a quality delivery and although Thomas-Asante had to stretch to meet it, he’ll be disappointed at lifting the ball over the bar from 2 yards out.

A great chance and the next effort on goal came along less than a minute afterwards. Orient striker Conor Wilkinson cut inside from the right before letting fly with a 25-yard left-footer that flew just over the crossbar. The Ammies countered, with Oscar Threlkeld winning possession on halfway before lofting a glorious outside-of-the-boot pass to the right. Burgess was the recipient and he whipped in a cross that was cleared first time by Daniel Happe.

Salford were beginning to get on top and after Happe gave the ball away Thomas-Asante galloped through the middle before slipping a pass into the right-hand side of the box. It was a good idea but the delivery was a little heavy with the ball running out of play before Wilson could get there.

Václav Hladký had to punch away a corner after that and at the other end Touray surged past Wilkinson on the left before crossing low to the near post where Ousseynou Cissé bundled the ball out for a corner.

Wilkinson was behind the game’s next effort on goal, passing inside to veteran Jobi McAnuff, 19 yards out and right of centre. A left-footed strike followed but the angles were wrong as the ball drifted harmlessly wide of Hladký’s right-hand upright.

The best two chances of the game so far had gone the way of Salford, yet it was the home side who produced a touch of quality in front of goal 14 minutes before half-time. Happe’s forward pass found midfielder Craig Clay who nudged a short diagonal ball left for Johnson. Not a player to leave in space and the Ammies paid for their moment of laxness as JOHNSON turned sharply before drilling a low shot across Hladký and into the far bottom corner.

Clinical finishing from the former Gateshead man and Orient had the lead a little bit against the run of play.
The first time League Two’s meanest defence had conceded during the first-half since the visit to Carlisle a month ago, but they had more defending to do as Orient began to assert themselves in the wake of their goal.

A couple of minutes afterwards Clay slipped a short pass through for McAnuff and the 39-year-old controlled before hitting a low left-footed 22-yarder that clipped off a defender then flashed just outside Hladký’s left-hand post.

Jason Lowe went into the referee’s notebook for a foul on Cissé as the home side pressed forward in search of a second goal. In the 39th minute Clay squared inside from the left but the ball dropped just behind Johnson with Bernard nipping in to clear.

Salford had been pushed back a little since going behind, but they could have got themselves back on level terms during time added on at the end of the first half. Threlkeld played another good ball out to the right flank with Thomas-Asante moving possession inside for Wilson. A short run inside along the edge of the box opened up a sight of goal but the low, left-foot shot was straight at Vigouroux.


Lots of work to Salford to do as the second half got underway, although on balance of play they were a little bit unfortunate to be behind.

Behind they were though, but almost found a way through Orient’s defence 3 minutes after the restart. Lee Angol gave possession away inside his own half, with Wilson advancing at speed through the inside right channel. The former Aberdeen striker got into the area, but with red shirts converging around him an attempt to play a pass inside was intercepted and cleared.

At the other end Clay threaded a pass from deep that sent Johnson into the area on the left. This was dangerous for Salford but with a defender closing in Johnson could only clip an angled effort into the side-netting.
The O’s were pushing forward again, and the busy James Brophy set off on a powerful left-flank run finished off by a cross that dropped beyond the far post. Angol was on the end if it and his header thumped into the turf then up into the safe hands of Hladký’.

The Ammies were struggling to make much of an impression on an O’s defence that looked determined not to give anything away. On 57 minutes Wellens looked to pep up his side’s attacking options, with Bruno Andrade brought on for Burgess.

Initially that didn’t make too much difference although Touray’s free kick from deep and wide on the right skimmed off the head of Wilkinson. A moment of concern for Orient but Vigouroux was alert to the danger and adjusted his position to prevent an own goal.

Both sides were prepared to commit men forward, although the respective defences seemed to be equal to anything that could be thrown at them. We had 10 minutes or so that produced little in the way of goalmouth drama as end-to-end football failed to trouble either keeper.

That barren spell came to an end with a chance apiece, starting with Salford after Andrade produced a good cross from the left. Henderson nodded back inside from beyond the far post with Wilson on hand to crash in a shot that was blocked bravely by Happe.

The O’s countered with Clay finding Angol on the left. The forward nipped inside before trying to curl a 20-yarder inside the far post. The idea was sound enough, but the execution left something to be desired as the ‘curl’ failed to materialise.

With Vigouroux in the home goal still relatively untroubled Salford made a double change with 20 minutes to play. Tom Elliott & Alex Denny replaced Thomas-Asante & Tom Clarke and this time the substitutions made an immediate difference.

A high ball forward was flicked on by Elliott, with Henderson latching onto it, left-of-centre and inside the box. This was a big chance but Vigouroux spread himself well, managing to deflect Henderson’s effort away from goal. Henderson picked up the loose ball but the cross that followed dropped outside the far upright.

Orient did their best to shut up shop defensively and it was 12 minutes from the end before the visitors managed to threaten again. Touray passed to Andrade who moved inside from the left across the edge of the box. A low shot on goal took a deflection, with Brophy forced to head behind for a corner. The delivery from the right was cleared, dropping temptingly for Threlkeld just outside the box. The midfielder slammed in a low shot that may well have troubled Vigouroux had Brophy not produced a tremendous blocking challenge.

Time was running short for the Ammies to rescue their unbeaten run and 6 minutes from time Wilson let fly with a left-footer from 18 yards that crashed into Happe and away.

Orient – understandably enough- were getting men behind the ball and doing a good job of preventing their opponents from creating clear-cut chances. The referee added on a minimum of 5 minutes and in the 3rd of those Andrade’s left-flank corner was cleared only to be headed back into the mix by Denny. The ball dropped for Wilson on the left and he lashed in an effort that flew high and wide of the near post. Worth a try for a player who has a track record of spectacular finishes, but this time he couldn’t get the shot on target.

The Ammies continued to press forward with Andrade slipping a ball into the right-hand side of the area for Wilson. It could have been interesting, but the striker’s first touch was heavy and the ball ran out of play for a goal kick.

A late free kick dropped into the Orient penalty area but once again a red shirt was on hand to clear and the Ammies had fallen to their first league defeat in 6 outings.


A defeat that sees Salford drop out of the play-off places, although in this tight division they remain just 6 points behind leaders Carlisle United. A win today would have left Richie Wellens’ side very handily placed in 4th.

Based on the openings that were created the Ammies should have taken some reward from this one, and it’s probably not unkind to observe that the strikers in particular need to take more of the opportunities that come their way. Thomas-Asante & Henderson probably should have put their best chances of the afternoon away – the basic rule of football is that goals change games.

The goal conceded won’t please the coaching staff, but in general keeping opponents at bay hasn’t really been the problem. As thing stand, no top-half side have scored fewer goals than Salford, although they’ve all conceded more. It's fair to say that Hladký didn't have a serious save to make before or after being beaten by a classy finish from Johnson.

There’s an early chance to return to winning ways as the trip to Mansfield – postponed last Tuesday – has been scheduled for this Tuesday. On Saturday Colchester United travel up to the Peninsula Stadium from Essex and it would be great to take maximum points from those two games.

There’s an early chance to return to winning ways as the trip to Mansfield – postponed last Tuesday – has been scheduled for this Tuesday. On Saturday Colchester United travel up to the Peninsula Stadium from Essex and it would be great to take maximum points from those two games.