O’s boss Embleton says Mansfield victory was much-deserved

PUBLISHED: 09:57 12 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 February 2020

Leyton Orient manager Ross Embleton during Stevenage vs Leyton Orient, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Football at the Lamex Stadium on 1st February 2020

Leyton Orient manager Ross Embleton during Stevenage vs Leyton Orient, Sky Bet EFL League 2 Football at the Lamex Stadium on 1st February 2020

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton felt it was a much deserved victory as they made it three games unbeaten in League Two with a 2-1 win over Mansfield Town.

Orient's Craig Clay
 in action against Macclesfield (pic Simon O'Connor)Orient's Craig Clay in action against Macclesfield (pic Simon O'Connor)

A first-half goal from James Dayton and a late own goal from Mal Benning sealed three points for the O's at Brisbane Road to move them up to 17th in the league table.

They're now 16 points clear of the relegation zone and only three points off the top half with 11th place Salford City sitting on 41 points.

"I felt we did without it being a blow you away type performance, we had a lot of control on the game, and I think the difference today in comparison to Saturday was the hairy moments we had in and around our own box."

The boss was also quick to praise a number of players for their performances including attacker Conor Wilkinson who created a number of chances for the hosts.

"We moved him today as we felt obviously losing Ruel (Sotiriou) that bringing Lee (Angol) into the team was an obvious opportunity to swap that and when Conor gets the ball 1v1 for a lad of his size, he can dribble with the ball like not many of his stature can.

You may also want to watch:

"He got himself into some really good opportunities especially in the second-half when we managed to get the ball to him a little quicker."

Embleton revealed that the coaching staff sat down with Craig Clay and opted to bring more structure into his game which has seen him improve.

"We've had some really good conversations with Craigy about his positioning, I think what we've found is a little bit more structure to the way that we play, which means Craig doesn't have to try covering every blade of grass.

"I think we all love him for that, there were some recent statistics that went out about the amount of tackles he wins, but I think trying to get him to operate in certain areas of the pitch helps him stay fresh and he doesn't have to use up all his energy trying to do everything."

Dayton got himself on the score sheet after his return from suspension.

"I think we always see the best of Dayts when he has two or three games under his belt, I think he'd be the first to admit that and it's really important we continue to have that mindset on him.

"He had a good 90 minutes in the reserves this time last week and despite the fact he was suspended, we felt he was more than ready to step in, and deserved his opportunity.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Latest East London Sports News

22 minutes ago

The Premier League has held talks with sports technology company STATSports to help shape training sessions ahead of the move to contact training.

32 minutes ago

Former Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron believes a ‘Coronavirus Cup of World Rugby’ next summer could significantly ease the economic hardship facing the global game because of the pandemic.

Yesterday, 18:12

Lee Westwood is optimistic that the European Tour’s planned resumption at the Betfred British Masters will go ahead in July.

Yesterday, 16:00

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan is to make a personal donation to Newham Foodbank of £3,500, to cover the shortfall in matchday donations from the five postponed home matches from Irons Supporting Foodbanks.

Yesterday, 14:00

Players from West Ham United’s Academy of Football are keeping track of their fitness programmes, while at the same time raising money in aid of King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity, to support their inspiring local NHS heroes in East London and Essex.

Yesterday, 10:00

Leyton Orient chief executive Danny Macklin heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane by terming him as a ‘first-class individual’

Yesterday, 07:35

The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s recommendation of a temporary ban on using saliva to shine the ball could hand batsmen a significant advantage, claims Australia paceman Mitchell Starc.

Mon, 16:02

The 2019-20 Women’s Super League season has been brought to an end with immediate effect.


The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

Most read sport


A competition for wannabe writers has been started to add works to Canary Wharf’s ‘short story’ dispensers which are temporarily locked up by the lock down.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser