Wed 01 Jul 15
at 05:38 AM
By Sam Avery
After two fantastic performances recently against Premier League side Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round, Wycombe suffered their third consecutive league defeat against a Leyton Orient side who move above them in the league as Wycombe drop to 9th.
The big news leading into the game was that goalkeeper Matt Ingram had been sold to Queens Park Rangers the night before, and so Alex Lynch would start in goal in only his third competitive match of the season so far for the Blues.
The away side almost took the lead in the first half when Calaum Jahraldo-Martin's shot appeared to have been tipped over the bar by Lynch, but referee Darren Bond believed the Wanderers keeper didn't touch the ball and gave a goal kick to Ainsworth's side.
After 66 minutes, the visitors did take the lead and it came courtesy of a long ball up to the unchallenged Ollie Palmer who nodded the ball across to the centre of the 18-yard box where it was met by an unmarked Jay Simpson who had the time to take a touch, set himself and calmly slot the ball home from close range. His celebration also caught the eye as it imitated recently appointed player-manager Kevin Nolan from his days in the Premier League.
The introduction of recent loan signing Paris Cowan-Hall added much needed firepower to the home side's attacking threat. He almost became provider just a few minutes after going behind when his cross was put wide at the front post by Gozie Ugwu - his last goal came away to Orient in the league earlier in the season.
Whilst pushing for an equaliser, Wycombe were caught out on the counter-attack as Simpson played in Jahraldo-Martin who raced onto it and fired a first-time strike past Lynch and into the far corner to destroy The Chairboys' chances of getting anything from the match.