Interim head coach Ross Embleton urges Leyton Orient players to show ‘bare essentials’ again at home to Chester
PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 November 2017
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The 36-year-old provides an insight into his preparation and explains how Orient must do dirty stuff before being able to play their football
Ross Embleton is looking for Leyton Orient to show the bare essentials again this evening and end their poor run of form in the National League.
The O’s picked up a positive result on Saturday, holding leaders Dover Athletic to a 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road in a game they could easily have won.
But, in the end, it was another league fixture without a victory and it means Orient have now gone 12 matches in the division since winning.
Embleton provided a small insight into his preparation for the Dover match and you can expect something similar for the visit of Chester this evening, which is a crucial encounter for both clubs near the bottom of the table.
He said: “If you are low on confidence or lacking in some way, shape or form then you won’t perform to your maximum and I stressed to the players on a number of occasions on Thursday and before Saturday’s game about the bare minimums.
“There are bare minimums of what it takes to play football in this league and at any level and you have to go out and tackle and track runners and expect to make contact and get marked.
“You have to expect to get kicked and at times kick other people, so that’s all part of it and it can get lost or be lacking on occasions when you worry a lot about football.
“I’d love to sit back and watch my team play like Pep Guardiola’s every week, but unfortunately you can’t always put a team out to play like that and especially given the run we’ve been on, so you have to put out a team which has the bare essentials.
“The biggest thing for me on Saturday was we showed that and then I know we have got the quality players in the team to create at the other end.”
A notable thing to take from the Dover match was the atmosphere created by the O’s fans, especially in the second half.
It is probably no coincidence the supporters felt more able to vocally get behind the team because the players were providing those bare essentials which Embleton spoke about.
More of the same this evening and you imagine Orient may well end their winless streak in the division, but it won’t be easy.
Chester, despite sitting 21st in the table and in the bottom four, have picked up some encouraging away results recently.
Last weekend, the Blues held Bromley to a 1-1 draw and two weeks ago they claimed a point at Eastleigh following a 2-2 draw.
Marcus Bignot has had a largely positive impact since taking over on September 20 and will hope for more success at Brisbane Road.
The last time the ex-Solihull Moors boss was in E10, he led Grimsby Town to a 3-0 win in League Two.
Embleton knows tonight will be difficult, but he’s confident Orient will be able to kick on after stopping a run of five consecutive league defeats at home on Saturday.
He added: “I said to the boys in the changing room after Dover. Let’s not disguise it in any way, we wanted to win, so we were a little bit disappointed because there were chances for us to win, but we have to be realistic.
“We have to remember we’ve been on a run and a really rocky patch and five league defeats at home is not good enough.
“To be honest with what we set out to do at the start of the season, that’s not good enough across the season, so to have that on a short run is definitely not good enough.
“We’ve stopped it now for one game, but it’s not about doing it for one game. It’s about making sure we are on the front foot and trying to progress and trying to gain all three against Chester now.”