The O’s have enjoyed ten days off the football field, giving Embleton plenty of time to prepare his squad for the Leasing.com Trophy clash.
“It’s very rare at our level that you get that chunk of time. It isn’t time off. It’s time for refocusing. It’s time to make sure that we get back to hard work in order to get back to where we need to be to start and put results on the board.”
Rovers sit 9th in League One, having won eight of their opening 17 league matches.
“It’s going to be a tough game. They’re a team in good form and in a good place in the league right now, so we know that’s it’s going to be a tough challenge to go there. We will be putting every effort in to prepare properly for that.”
Embleton revealed multiple reasons behind rotating the team in previous games in the competition.
“I think there’s a number of things you can look at and we’ve always looked at it the same way. We’ve taken it serious. People will shoot that down because we made nine changes against Southend and eight or nine against AFC Wimbledon.
The reason and rationale behind making those changes was to give people opportunities, to give players minutes who hadn’t had them and to bring people back to a level of fitness that we need.”
Orient progressed to the last 32 of the tournament thanks to a helping hand from Southend United, who beat AFC Wimbledon in their final group game.
“I’m pleased. We’re happy that we’ve got through to the next round, although it didn’t look like that opportunity was going to come about.
We need to grab that with both hands and look at that game against Bristol Rovers as a real opportunity to nail down things that we can take into league games.”