Ross Embleton felt that Leyton Orient’s performance against Grimsby Town “warranted more” after they produced a 1-1 draw.

The game was Embleton’s first since he was announced as the permanent head coach of the club, and having gone behind to Billy Clarke’s debut goal for the Mariners, they rescued a point when Lee Angol scored from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

Speaking after the game, Embleton said: “I’m disappointed that we didn’t come out with the points because I felt, barring one or two periods, certainly after the start of the second half I thought we looked a bit shaky, I thought, on the whole, we put in a performance that warranted more than we got.

“We created a lot of good balls across the box, good balls into the box, I thought we looked a danger from set-pieces today which has probably not been something we can say on a great deal of occasions.

“The penalty gets given and it’s a horrible feeling, standing on the side. I wasn’t going to watch it but I turned around just in time to find Lee was the penalty taker. It was wonderful to see it sink into the net.”

Despite having 16 shots in the game, only two of Orient’s attempts were on target, and Embleton bemoaned his side’s wastefulness in front of goal.

He said: “It’s something we’ve worked on this week in terms of attempts from around the box, or balls into the box. I think today we got ourselves into good positions out wide and put some good balls and deliveries into dangerous areas. Did we get enough shots away? Probably not. We’ll have to look at that and analyse it.

“I think my message to the boys on occasions this season has been that we don’t seem to get that one that drops and someone taps it on and that’s because we don’t chance our arm enough. I would say I felt like we put their goal under pressure today but did we have enough attempts on goal? Probably not.”

The manner of Grimsby’s goal was also something that didn’t please the head coach, with defenders caught out by a long ball over the top and then goalkeeper Sam Sargeant left stranded, allowing Clarke to lob home.

On the goal, he said: “We don’t want to leave ourselves too open. I want us to be an attacking threat and I want us to be an aggressive team, which I think on most of the occasions we were today, but at the same time, we have to be ready to defend. There’s good players at this level, teams are good on the counter-attack, which is where their goal came from.

“James Brophy needs to do better in terms of the way that he gets control of the game and can get us control in terms of the pass that he should have made before he was caught. Then, behind the ball we’re not set up well enough in terms of the focus that we’ve put on the team this week to make sure that we don’t get caught on the counter attack and we don’t get exposed, so I’m bitterly disappointed and angry at the manner in which we conceded that goal.”