Assistant Embleton pleased with Orient’s options from bench and attitude of squad
PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 August 2018
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The experienced coach reflected on the difference between the squad O’s had last season compared to now
Ross Embleton is happy with the options Leyton Orient have off the bench this season in the National League.
The O’s first three games of the 2018/19 term have produced late drama with Justin Edinburgh’s team equalising at Salford City in the 87th minute.
Orient then let in a leveller at home to Ebbsfleet United before a similar story occurred against Barrow last weekend, but in all of the draws, the E10 side have seen substitutes make an impact.
Embleton said: “There were times last season both when the gaffer was here and before he arrived (under Steve Davis) when people were wondering who we would bring on and what type of performance we would get.
“Obviously there will be indifferent displays throughout the season, of course there will be, but we are confident about the players we have in the squad.
“We feel there are people we can put in the team and the formation we play or we can manipulate the system we have got in terms of the personnel on the pitch and with the ones we want to bring on.
“I think the changes the gaffer made at Salford had a huge impact and against Ebbsfleet Josh Koroma had opportunities to break away, so we have those type of people to call upon.”
On the opening day of the term, James Brophy and James Dayton had a big say at Moor Lane off the bench while Charlie Lee was the one to set Craig Clay up to level.
Ebbsfleet was O’s next opponent and although the subs didn’t have an effect on the scoresheet, Lee and Koroma impressed and it saw the former start against Barrow.
While the latter had to contend with a place on the bench again, he came on and set up Macauley Bonne for what seemed a winner.
It wasn’t to earn O’s all three points, as Barrow fought back to level at 2-2, but it again showed the quality on the Orient bench.
Embleton said: “The biggest thing when it came to preparing for Salford was the fact everyone talked about how important it was for the squad to stay focused and have the right attitude.
“Everyone is disappointed when they don’t get on the pitch or if they are not in the team and that should be the case, but it is trying to make sure we keep them happy and fit and ready to step in.
“We know the competitiveness for places is there and we can strengthen the team with changes when we need to.”