Omer Riza calls for answers after demoralised Orient relegated

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22.04. - Match Reports

Omer Riza admitted his Orient players have been left demoralised by not being paid as the Londoners were relegated from the Football League.

The Orient boss wants a meeting with the club's controversial owner and chairman Francesco Becchetti next week to clarify the future after Orient's 112-year residence in the Football League drew to a close following a 3-0 loss at Crewe left them stranded at the bottom of League Two.
After surviving a winding-up order over unpaid taxes, Becchetti has until June 12 to pay off debts or sell up, but he is yet to answer staff concerns over failing to meet last month's payroll.
Riza said: "It's affected everybody there's no doubt about that. It is a disappointing time when you are not being paid. People deal with it in different ways, but it has demoralised everybody.
"It has been tough and people can't focus on their jobs if they are not being paid."
Orient's 407 travelling supporters called for the Italian owner to leave throughout their side's defeat at Gresty Road where desperate defending staved off Crewe's attacking threat until the 26th minute when Callum Ainley prodded in the opener.
After that Orient's resistance crumbled and another Alex youngster Ryan Wintle added his side's second when his far post header from a corner crossed the line despite Teddy Mezague's attempt to clear.
George Cooper drove in the third and only great saves from Sam Sargeant to thwart Callum Cooke and Cooper prevented further damage after the break.
Orient's hopes were hit by losing losing influential skipper Liam Kelly before the game to injury as well as midfielder Michael Collins, who retired at the break nursing an eye injury.
"Liam was a big miss and it was too much of a risk to playing Micky," added Riza. "But the better team won and Crewe played well and they were on the front foot. We didn't keep the ball well enough and play well enough as a team.
"I'm very disappointed and it is a very sad day for Leyton Orient, but we knew it was a very tough position we'd been left in."
Crewe's victory guaranteed their League Two status and Dave Artell praised his players for a much improved effort following Easter Monday's 3-0 loss at Yeovil.
"We were terrific from the first minute to the last and dominated the game. I can't remember them getting close to our goal and our play at times was excellent," said the Crewe manager.
"If I had any criticism it was that we didn't score more. But we beat what looked like a beleaguered team and convincingly by being thoroughly professional in both halves."


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