Ross Embleton On Salford City Clash

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Head Coach Ross Embleton has praised his Leyton Orient side for getting back on track against Southend United, as The O’s prepare to welcome promotion-chasing Salford City to E10.

Speaking whilst in self isolation, Embleton touched on a variety of topics – click the video above to watch in full, or read the summary below.


Ending 2020 with a win over Southend United…

First and foremost it was important that we got back to winning ways – as whatever performances have looked like, results haven’t been good enough.

And then when you come up against rivals like Southend, it’s important to win – and what I was pleased about was getting the message across about just how important that game was to us and the fans.

Reflecting on the last 12 months…

From my perspective, there’s been a lot of progress made, from a personal sense as well. There’s a lot clearer an idea on my day-to-day responsibilities, which is a big part of my development, and us getting better falls on my shoulders.

Like always, there are areas we need to improve on – which will always be the case, but on the whole, we’ve taken strides forward.

We end the year in a good place – we could be in a better one, but I feel there are good things to look forward to in 2021.


Conor Wilkinson hits ten goals for the season…

His contribution has been excellent. I think it was six goals for him last year – so to get to Christmas, with the tally he has already, with so much more football to play is really positive.

I think there’s more and more to come. I think he has the ability to be one of the best strikers in the league – which he is showing, but if he strives for more and keeps his focus there’s a hell of a lot more to come in the second half of the season.

On a new face in the Salford dugout…

Yeah, [Wellens] is a manager with good experience in recent times and goes there with a good record – but there’s also an attachment to the area for him, which means more to him.

We can see in our preparation how he’s trying to improve them and bring his ideas in. We know what they have at their disposal, but we’re very much looking forward to the test.

They have very good individuals and have evolved since we played them last – they’re a club that expects to be at the top end of the league, and will be a very difficult game.


On Tunji Akinola…

He’s been a great player for us to sign. We do our research on individuals, and it’s as much about their character as it is about their ability on the pitch.

When he stepped in at right-back, although not being his first choice position, he acquitted himself well.

I was really impressed with him in his preferred position, and glad that he took his opportunity with both hands.


On Tunji Akinola and Jordan Thomas loan deals…

The next phase of that is with their clubs to establish if they’re happy with us to keep those players or not. As soon as the Salford game comes and goes we’re into the window, and the break clauses for those loans come into play.


On Myles Judd’s loan to Barnet…

It’s been a rocky season for him because of injury and it being so stop start. So, like a number of our players who aren’t playing it is important he gets games under his belt and gives himself a chance for the second half of the season, whether that’s with us or with Barnet.


On self-isolation…

I’m beating down the door to get outside, but I must say the staff have been great. Embracing Coom calls, WhatsApp messages, etc, it was delivered exceptionally well for the Southend game.

It doesn’t matter how many we win though, not being there is very difficult, and I can’t wait to get back into training and then the Carlisle game after that.


Tomorrow’s stream will feature Salford City co-owner Gary Neville pre-match, as he talks all things through from The Ammies’ perspective.

Regular host Ollie Buck will be joined again by Andrew Butler and Glen Wilkie, as they bring you pre-match, half-time and full-time reaction.

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