FULL-TIME: Jarvis and McGleish strike to keep Orient up
Leyton Orient 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0 GOALS from Ryan Jarvis and Scott McGleish in the final 13 minutes saw Orient to victory and ensure League One football at Brisbane Road next season. The result condemned Wycombe to relegation and also ensured there woul
Leyton Orient 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0
GOALS from Ryan Jarvis and Scott McGleish in the final 13 minutes saw Orient to victory and ensure League One football at Brisbane Road next season.
The result condemned Wycombe to relegation and also ensured there would be no last-day dramas at Colchester.
But O's had to work hard for the victory and were under pressure for much of the game as Wycombe looked to continue to write their own version of the Great Escape.
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However, Jarvis bagged his eighth goal of the season on 77 minutes and McGleish struck against his former club deep in stoppage time, as the O's completed a league double over Wycombe to ensure survival.
After the game the O's players did a lap of honour in the pouring rain, as the Wycombe fans drifted away knowing they were heading for League Two football.
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For the O's Tamika Mkandawire and Ben Chorley were excellent at the back, while keeper Jamie Jones also caught the eye with an excellent second-half save.
It was Orient that started the brighter of the two teams and put Wycombe under early pressure.
And it was the home side who created the first real chance on 10 minutes when John Spicer's left-win corner was not cleared and former Wycombe striker Scott McGleish fired in an effort that was cleared by just in front of the visitor's goal line.
With Ryan Jarvis causing problems with his movement, the O's continued to look dangerous.
Indeed, it was Jarvis that played Adam Chambers through on 15 minutes, but just as the midfielder was lining up his shot, Lewis Hunt made a desperate tackle and slid the ball wide of the post for a corner.
Although the initial pace slackened, Sean Thornton fired in an effort from 25 yards that just flew past a post after good work by Jarvis.
But it Wycombe who came closest to breaking the deadlock when Kevin Betsy beat Eric Lichaj and crossed for Gareth Ainsworth, but he failed to control the ball and Charlie Daniels was able to clear.
As the Wycombe pressure mounted, Thornton went into the book for a foul.
The visitors had a penalty appeal turned down following a tackle from Ben Chorley, before Ainsworth saw a free-kick deflected just wide after Chambers handled on the edge of the area.
O's hit back, but it was Wycombe who went close again when Ainsworth got goal side of Charlie Daniels, but headed over.
Then, on the stroke of half-time Jon-Paul Pittman tested Jamie Jones in the home goal with a shot from the edge of the area.
After the break it was Wycombe who started well and forced a couple of half chances.
As the half progressed, the visitors continued to more of a grip and dominate the possession.
O's were forced to play on the break but it was Wycombe who continued to press, going in search of a winner and home keeper Jones had to make a great one-handed save to his right after substitute Matt Phillips fired in a shot from 12 yards.
But Orient made the decisive breakthrough on 77 minutes as Wycombe threw men forward they were caught on the break as McGleish sent Jarvis racing through and the keeper kept his cool to fire past Tom Heaton with a shot from 14 yards that was too powerful for the keeper.
O's made sure of victory in the third minute of stoppage time when Daniels won possession and went on a rampaging run before crossing for McGleish to ram home from six yards.
Orient: Jones, Lichaj, Chorley, Mkandawire, Daniels, Chambers, Smith, Thornton (Baker 71), Spicer (Demetriou 58), McGleish, Jarvis (Scowcroft 90mins). Subs: Morris, Purches, Ashworth, Patulea.
Bookings: Thornton (28 mins foul), Baker (84 mins foul)
Wycombe Wanderers: Heaton, Hunt, Woodman, Bloomfield, Revell, Pittman (Beavon 71), Montrose (Phillips 54), Mousinho, Westwood (Harrold 82 mins), Betsy, Ainsworth. Subs: Oliver, Keates, Arnold, McLeod.
Referee: Andy Hall.
Attendance: 5,918 (inc 1,100 Wycombe fans)