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Ross Embleton out to end Leyton Orient’s winless National League run at Torquay United

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 November 2017

Leyton Orient forward Macauley Bonne heads towards goal, but is denied by the feet of Dover Athletic goalkeeper Mitch Walker (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Macauley Bonne heads towards goal, but is denied by the feet of Dover Athletic goalkeeper Mitch Walker (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The 36-year-old is hoping the team can build on their last two results, but knows Macauley Bonne will be a big miss at Plainmoor

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton is sent to the stands by referee Alan Dale (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton is sent to the stands by referee Alan Dale (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Ross Embleton is desperate for Leyton Orient to end their 13-match winless run in the National League this Saturday at Torquay United.

The O’s have picked up points at home to Dover Athletic and Chester this week, but still dropped to 20th in the table.

Although Orient could be pleased with their draws at Brisbane Road, Embleton is well aware they must claim a victory at Plainmoor against a side in the bottom four.

He said: “We need to win on Saturday because it’s been a long time since we’ve felt that feeling and that was the message to the boys before Chester.

“I said ‘let’s get the feel-good feeling back’ and we felt good after Saturday when we got together and we felt it was something to build on.

“We’ve shown those same signs and characteristics again on Tuesday, so it shows we have got it in us to do it more consistently rather than just for one game, but it is no good if we keep picking up one point. We need to turn the draws into wins.”

Torquay, like Chester showed at times, will be no pushover despite being 23rd in the league table.

On Tuesday, the Gulls went to Sutton United and recorded a 1-0 victory to give them a timely boost ahead of playing the O’s.

Their record at Plainmoor, somewhat unsurprisingly given their position, has been very poor.

Gary Owers’ team haven’t won on home soil since October 3 when they beat Maidenhead United 4-0.

And defeats to Dover Athletic, Hartlepool United and Maidstone United have occurred at Plainmoor in the ensuring weeks.

But Orient will be without top goalscorer Macauley Bonne after he received his fifth yellow card on Tuesday night.

Embleton, assuming he’s still in charge, knows O’s will miss their leading marksman, but is confident he can rely on Matt Harrold and David Mooney as well as others in the squad.

He added: “Will Macauley be a miss? Of course, but I had a chat with Matt and ‘Moons’ because the last game Steve was in charge (Ebbsfleet United), they were both in the team, so I had a conversation with them when I decided they weren’t starting (against Dover).

“I explained my rationale in how I wanted to set the team up and how I didn’t feel they fitted in at that moment in time, but I know how important they are to me, the club and the squad.

“I don’t know what the answer will be (as to who replaces Bonne), but it’ll certainly be an opportunity and we’ve had one or two others go down with injuries and illness during the first half against Chester, so I am sure there’ll be opportunities for some.

“I know there are a number of players, at the moment, who feel they deserve a chance and they are frustrated not to have got the opportunity to play more, but that’s part of the game. We all know in a click of a finger it can all change and you can be in the team.”


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