Ross Embleton praised Leyton Orient’s character after they secured a late point on their visit to Salford City.

The hosts held their lead, given to them by Riche Towell’s first-half strike, until the 87th minute when James Brophy’s effort was fumbled into his own net by goalkeeper Chris Neal.

The O’s had been reputedly knocking on the door until that point and eventually got their reward through Neal’s howler, and Embleton felt it was exactly what his side deserved.

He told the club website after the game: “I think it was what we deserved in terms of getting the point out of the game. I’m disappointed in the manner in which we conceded the first goal and something we’ve just discussed in there as a group is that we feel we’ve lost out on a number of points this season because of organisation or lapses in concentration that has let us down, so I’m a bit disappointed on that front.

“I came in at half-time with the feeling that I don’t want to go too mad because we felt that we were in the game but we need to stop giving ourselves a mountain to climb. I thought the character we showed in the second half was very reflective of a number of times last season and certainly the one when we came here at the start of last year.

“I think it was a bit of a Sutton away moment in terms of the way that it’s squirmed into the net. We had a very similar moment in the first half. I think it was Conor Wilkinson who got down the side of their full back and drove it across the goal and the goalie almost sat on it. It was a similar moment in that it scrambled around the box and again it found its way into the net. Like I said, I think it was something that we deserved and in terms of the performance we put in, certainly in the second half, that bit of luck I think we were due.”

Although pleased with the way in which his side came back, Embleton could not hide his disappointment with the goal that Orient conceded, allowing Towell too much time and space to get his shot away. However, he feels that with some time on the training ground, they are close to fixing those mistakes and getting more points on the board.

He said: “I suppose it was a bit of a miscommunication in terms of someone was with him, then he’s run off and someone else was due to take him and that passover process didn’t happen well enough. That’s something that we’ve just discussed in there. I feel we’re really small margins away from winning more games than we are at the moment.

“I’m delighted with a point here and I think if people had said we’d come to Salford away and get a point today, I think you’d have been content with that. At the same time, you do have that disappointment whenever you concede – it’s always someone’s fault, there’s always something behind it but that one, like we have had on a number of occasions this year, is just very disappointing.”

Over 600 Orient fans made the trip from East London, a round trip of just shy of 450 miles, and the boss was keen to pay his thanks to those that made the long journey to Greater Manchester..

He said: “It’s fantastic. It had that real good feel about it. I knew some of the songs, National League champions for example, were going to ring out. The backing that we got really lifts the boys.”