Leyton Orient assistant coach Ross Embleton praised the side after their “magnificent” occasion against Wrexham, which saw the O’s replace their opponents at the top of the National League.

Marvin Ekpiteta’s fifth goal of the season in the second half was enough for Orient to seal a 1-0 win, and Embleton says that the team have got to be excited by games like this.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I think given the period and the stage of the season we’re in and the situation we’re involved in, we’ve got to be excited by every occasion. Today was a magnificent one in terms of the crowd and everything that went with it.

“These are the reasons why you get involved in anything, you want to be competing at the top. We’ve given ourselves a huge boost over the last week and hopefully we can maintain that.”

The success means the O’s have picked up a maximum haul of nine points from their games this week, having won back-to-back away games against Havant & Waterlooville and Barrow respectively before today, and Embleton says that they are delighted with their recent form.

He said: “We’d have certainly been delighted if you’d said this time last week before the Havant game that we’d get the results we have, and that’s not just down to the results.

“We’ve also got to consider the distance that we’ve travelled and the burden it’s put on the players in terms of the number of minutes they’ve had to play so if you throw that all in together, we’re delighted with the last week.”

The win certainly puts to an end the inconsistent form Orient had been experiencing before their two successes earlier in the week, and Embleton expressed his pride at the players’ character and resilience to come through the tough times.

He said: “We’ve got a strong belief that we know we’re going to go strong, but we also had to take into consideration what we’ve been through and how tough it’s been on the lads who have played in all of those fixtures.

“We were confident that we could go toe-to-toe in this game. Any game in this league is always frantic in the first half an hour but with a game like today you know it’s going to last a little bit longer because there’s so much more riding on it.

“We felt like we were comfortable at half-time and probably needed to have that little bit more quality to our play to give us that opportunity to create a few more chances.”

The O’s will be back on the road this week as they travel to Aldershot Town on Tuesday night, with kick-off at 7.45pm.