Draw bitter sweet for O’s boss after coming so close to victory

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Orient boss Ross Embleton admitted the draw against Sky Bet League League Two leaders Exeter City was bitter-sweet after a late equaliser by the home side robbed the O’s of all three points.

“Coming here we would have accepted and been really pleased with a point. But, at the same time, did we warrant winning it? Probably not.”

He admitted: “In a true reflection of the game a draw was probably a fair result. I thought, in the first-half, tactically we put in a good performance, when we got to counter-attack. In the way we went about it.

“It was disappointing to concede so late.”

Scoring either side of the break, Embleton agreed: “We really came back after the break with the bit between our teeth. I’m proud and pleased the way the boys defended today. That’s the biggest thing we will take from the game.”

Giving loanee George Marsh a start in place of stalwart, Craig Clay, Embleton revealed: “Craig has been a very big player for us. But, I believed George and Dale Gorman both deserved their opportunity.”

Embleton added: “We’re disappointed we conceded the two goals today. We need to become a bit more robust and we’ve just got to keep ourselves in games.

We’ve got some very good players, who haven’t played at this level before – and we believe they’re capable of playing at this level – and beyond.”

He concluded: “We’ve got a tough run of three games – this is before Colchester (Saturday September 21, kick-off 3pm] – against teams who have had good starts to the season. But, I’m proud of the performance, but just a little bit flat because of the timing of the goals.”

Goalscorer, Dennis, said: “There are positives we can take out of the game. We showed great character to bounce back from the Swindon performance.”

He added: “Whatever system we played today, we showed Exeter a bit too much respect, in the first-half. And, there were times I could have got more at their centre-half. So, I thought, at half-time, ‘be a bit more positive’. And, then, the shot came off and I got the goal.”

Dennis concluded: “All three of us [up front] put in such a shift in the first-half, but you could see we were a little ‘leggy’, especially as Exeter brought on some fresh legs at the back. But, we got a good point out of the game. It’s all about building a platform, and we did that today.”

Exeter boss, Matt Taylor, criticised his players: “Not taking anything away from Leyton Orient but we should not have conceded two goals.”

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Rowland Lyons

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