Assistant Coach Ross Embleton admitted he was impressed by the attitude shown by the O’s in yesterday’s 3-1 friendly victory at Stevenage.
Speaking after the game, Embleton praised the intensity of the contest as well as the level of performances against the Sky Bet League Two side outfit.
“It was a really good game of football throughout,” Embleton told leytonorient.com.
“Sometimes these fixtures can lose their way a little bit, but I felt that the intensity was good and against a team a level higher than ourselves, we saw some impressive performances which we can be pleased with.”
With a number of the O’s younger players taking part in the game at Stevenage’s Bragbury End training ground, several senior professionals also featured for both teams.
Summer signings Jamie Sendles-White and Romuald Boco played the full game and Embleton felt that the duo’s attitude helped ensure the game was a competitive affair.
“I think that the game was made so credible due to the application of the older professionals from both sides, who made sure that they applied themselves appropriately.
“They all really had a go at making sure it was a proper game and although these fixtures can sometimes be about looking at how to develop our younger players, it is also about making sure players who haven’t been involved in the team are getting the minutes required,” he added.
“We were a little bit unorganised as a group during the opening stages which is due to having not played many games together, but after struggling to deal with the pace of the game we discussed one or two things to change both in and out of possession and that gave us a chance to settle down. Once we adapted, we were much more productive.”
With the game level at 1-1 striker Sam Dalby came off the bench to restore the O’s advantage on the 77th minute, and Embleton praised the 17-year-old’s composure in front of goal following his recent period training with Premier League side Crystal Palace.
“It was one of those goals where you would probably be a little bit disappointed to concede given the fact it was a long ball forward, but Sam got on the end of it well and showed that calmness and composure to score when one-on-one with the goalkeeper and under pressure. He had an immediate impact after coming on and deserved his goal.
“We learnt a lot from the game, learnt a lot about our younger players and also had a look at a couple of trialists. We had an internal training game last week and there was a lot of tactical information that the Gaffer had given to those players, so it was pleasing to see it applied in the second half and know that they are taking on board the recent information given to them.”