Hayter at the double as Orient dumped out of FA Cup
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FA Cup: Yeovil 4 Leyton Orient 0
James Hayter’s double helped knock Leyton Orient out of the FA Cup at Russell Slade’s old club Yeovil.
The striker flicked the ball into the net after Shane Duffy headed on Luke Ayling’s long free-kick.
It will go down as a mistake by young goalkeeper Jake Larkins, who came to collect the ball but was caught in no man’s land.
Joel Grant doubled the lead early in the second half, sliding in Liam Davis’ cross at the back post.
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Hayter doubled his tally just before the hour mark with another header, this time from a Kevin Dawson cross and substitute Kieffer Moore completed the rout in injury time.
In truth the home side, a division but only four places above the O’s in the league pyramid, were the better team for most of the match as the visitor’s lengthening injury list caught up with them.
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Orient made four changes from the draw at Wolves last Sunday. Midfielder Romain Vincelot and forward Robbie Simpson drop out with knee and hamstring injuries respectively, Marvin Bartley is ineligible and Kevin Lisbie dops to the bench,
New loan signing Jamie Ness made his debut in midfield, Scott Cuthbert returned from suspension and Yohann Lasimant and Gary Sawyer come into the starting line up.
Shaquile Coulthirst, signed on loan from Spurs yesterday, was named on the bench.
A change of formation saw Mathieu Baudry sit just in front of the defence with Lasimant deployed as a young striker.
Ness looked neat and tidy on his debut but Orient struggled to test Glovers goalkeeper Marek Stech, who made two appearances for the Brisbane Road club during a loan spell in 2012.
The visitors’ first shot on target came with less than 10 minutes remaining, Coulthirst’s shot saved by the feet of the Yeovil goalkeeper after Moses Odubajo’s neat pass.
There was a 12pm pitch inspection after heavy rain in the south west, and after the game was giving the go ahead the home fans took the opportunity to taunt Slade, who spent almost three years at Huish Park but left the club in acrimonious circumstances in 2009.
The Gloves fans greeted the Orient manager with a range of offensive chants throughout the match.
Yeovil created the better chances, with Hayter missing an excellent opportunity to double the lead – screwing wide after Elliott Omozusi’s mistake set him free.
Larkins’ afternoon almost went from bad to worse when his clearance was charged down by Samuel Foley, but the ball bounced wide.
Orient fought hard – no-one more so than Baudry, who left the pitch to get bandaged up after a knock to the head.
But they couldn’t find a way back into the game. The closest they came was when Lasimant’s shot from outside the area hit the side netting just after the break.
Some Orient fans thought it was in, but minutes later, Grant confirmed the end of this season’s cup run.
Hayter’s second put some gloss on the result. Coulthirst came on after the third goal went in but by then the O’s were facing a losing battle.
Moore slotted past Larkins one-on-one in injury time to complete Slade’s misery on the return to his former stomping ground.
Orient can now concentrate on their League One promotion campaign – a point at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night will move them back into the top two.
Orient: Larkins; Omozusi, Clarke, Cuthbert, Sawyer; Baudry (Lee 80); Odubajo, Ness, James (Gorman 70), Cox (Coulthirst 60); Lasimant. Substitutes: Lisbie, Finney, Ling, Grainger.