Frustrating O’s unable to build a head of steam

Colchester United 2-1 Leyton Orient – Reaction

A frustrating defeat for Leyton Orient but uncertainty as to whether its a case of ‘back to the drawing board’ for Ross Embleton as the O’s chief rather focused on what his side could have achieved as opposed to the final outcome.

Certainly, Orient were neat and tidy, enjoying far more possession than promotion-chasing hosts, Colchester United. But once again, frailties in both boxes proved costly as the U’s wrapped up the points, inflicting a fifth defeat of the season upon the stagnant east Londoners.

“We felt after Tuesday’s game that we’d come upon something that could suit us,” Embleton explained.

“I think at times today there were moments where we looked a real threat. We looked as if we could hurt the opposition and get good control on the game.

“But the ultimate moments came down to what happens in our box, and there has been too many moments this year where we’ve given away goals.

I haven’t watched it back, but the second one is a little bit scruffy – we don’t seem to get it away and clear our lines.

“But the first one – from our own corner – we all run back – it’s honest and people are trying – there’s no question about that. We all run back, we’ve got seven players in and around our final third, but the guy runs through to score one-on-one against the goalie and that’s poor defending.”

Orient’s appeared menacing from wide positions. However, a lack of quality and quantity ensured the U’s goal came under little threat: “We spoke before the game and at half-time about our opportunity to cross a little bit more today because we felt we would get (more chances) – first half definitely, Jordan Thomas got into some real threatening positions,” Embleton added.

“Broph (James Brophy) got into higher positions. We felt there would be more opportunities to get balls into the box, with players on their ‘good foot’ – but we didn’t test the goalie enough.”


Brian Jeeves

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