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Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Leyton Orient

Crewe v Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient's defeat by Crewe was their 28th in the league this season

Leyton Orient's unbroken 112-year stay in the English Football League ended after a 3-0 defeat by Crewe confirmed their relegation from League Two.

Crewe dominated from the start, with Callum Ainley steering in from close range to put the hosts in front.

Ryan Wintle's header and George Cooper's smart strike completed the scoring before half-time.

Orient, who have had five different managers this season, will finish bottom after Newport beat Accrington.

Crewe, meanwhile, confirmed their League Two survival with a first victory in five matches.

Five managers, same results

Just under three years ago, Leyton Orient were on the brink of promotion to the Championship, before falling to a 4-3 defeat on penalties in the League One play-off final.

Relegation followed one season later, but this campaign represents a new low for one of the English Football League's oldest clubs.

As well as the ongoing managerial uncertainty, Orient are in "mortal danger" of going out of business, according to the legal adviser to their fans' trust.

Owner Francesco Becchetti has been given until 12 June to pay off debts or sell the club.

Staff have still not been paid their March wages, and club employees have said they are "hugely concerned" by a lack of communication from the Orient hierarchy.

Results on the pitch have been poor throughout the season, with the club having both the worst attacking and worst defensive record in the division.

Relegation was staved off for one more week with victory over Hartlepool on Easter Monday, but their 28th defeat of the season leaves them facing a dubious future in the National League.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 18Bingham
  • 23Ng
  • 14BakayogoBooked at 72mins
  • 25AinleySubstituted forPickeringat 63'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 21Wintle
  • 24CookeSubstituted forUdohat 87'minutes
  • 9Dagnall
  • 11CooperSubstituted forKirkat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Saunders
  • 17Udoh
  • 20Kirk
  • 22Kiwomya
  • 30Pickering
  • 31Dawber
  • 35Finney

Leyton Orient

  • 24Sargeant
  • 34Clark
  • 25Pollock
  • 6Parkes
  • 22Semedo
  • 7CollinsSubstituted forKoromaat 45'minutes
  • 32Ochieng
  • 19MezagueSubstituted forMcCallumat 45'minutes
  • 31Alzate
  • 26AdeboyejoSubstituted forDalbyat 74'minutes
  • 35Abrahams

Substitutes

  • 3Kennedy
  • 10McCallum
  • 23Moncur
  • 28Koroma
  • 30Dalby
  • 39Janata
  • 46Janse
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
3,745

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home25
Away2
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Leyton Orient 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Leyton Orient 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Charlie Kirk replaces George Cooper.

Attempt saved. Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Danny Udoh replaces Callum Cooke.

Attempt missed. Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) hits the right post with a left footed shot from long range on the right.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Sam Sargeant.

Attempt saved. Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Sandro Semedo (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tristan Abrahams (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Zoumana Bakayogo.

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient).

Attempt blocked. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Sam Dalby replaces Victor Adeboyejo.

Attempt blocked. Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Clark.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Clark.

Attempt saved. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry Pickering replaces Callum Ainley.

Attempt saved. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Clark.

Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Koroma (Leyton Orient).

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

Tom Parkes (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Hand ball by Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient).

Attempt blocked. Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Clark.

Attempt missed. Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 3, Leyton Orient 0.

goal

As It Stood

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2Plymouth442581168442483
3Portsmouth442491172393381
4Luton441817963412271
5Exeter442081670521868
6Blackpool4417161166442267
7Stevenage44206186659766
8Mansfield441714135247565
9Wycombe441811155652465
10Carlisle441617116465-165
11Cambridge44189175649763
12Colchester441712156256663
13Accrington441614145552362
14Grimsby441710175759-261
15Barnet441315165359-654
16Notts County44158215274-2253
17Crewe441313185364-1152
18Morecambe44149215169-1851
19Crawley441311205167-1650
20Yeovil441116174861-1349
21Cheltenham441114194763-1647
22Newport441112214870-2245
23Hartlepool441013215273-2143
24Leyton Orient44106284581-3636
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