Embleton furious over spot-kick drama

Leyton Orient 2-3 Grimsby Town – Reaction

Manager, Ross Embleton, was left fuming after two late penalty decisions sent Leyton Orient spinning to their third Sky Bet League Two defeat of the season.

Montel Gibson netted from the spot to establish a late lead for visitors, Grimsby Town. However, the O’s chief cursed his sides’ luck when referee, Tom Nield, waved away the O’s appeals after Mattie Pollock appeared to handle with the last action of the game.

“As regards our penalty shout – wow I’m speechless! Embleton bemoaned.

“Ultimately, they will go away, they will talk about, and we’ll get no recognition and the same things will carry on happening. The referee said the defender’s arm was in a natural position.

“I haven’t watched the Grimsby penalty back so I wouldn’t be in the best position to say whether it was or it wasn’t. I can only go on the reaction of my players and what I’ve been told. Craig Clay was convinced he touched the ball.”

Embleton confessed his side hadn’t performed to the best of their ability but insisted they were harshly done by, adding: “What I don’t want to do is make any excuses for the fact we got beat today. But I thought we deserved a point out of the game given our performance.

“We’ve let in two goals in the first half which we’ve talked about – we are conceding too many goals which isn’t giving us an opportunity – we are having to chase the game with a second-half performance to get anything from the game.”

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Brian Jeeves

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