Ross Embleton said he was “disappointed” with Leyton Orient’s second-half performance against Bishops Stortford on Tuesday night.

Orient lead 3-0 at the break courtesy of two goals from new signing Lee Angol and a penalty from Jordan Maguire-Drew, but strikes after the break from Luke Callander, Jamie Cureton and Aaron Greene pulled the game back for the BetVictor Isthmian League side.

Speaking after the game, Embleton said: “My first thoughts are that I’m disappointed in the way we went about the second half. I thought that for 40 minutes of the first half I really enjoyed watching us and I thought there were some good moments with a young group out there this evening.

“We came in at half time and we were disappointed with the way that we ended the first half. Even though we were 3-0 up we felt like we’d taken it for granted a little bit, took a few liberties that we didn’t need to take and we needed to be a little bit more professional in the way that we went about it. That was something that we encouraged for the start of the second half, but the goal went in and it put the boys under that little bit of pressure in the second half.”

Despite the overriding feeling of disappointment at allowing the lead to slip against a team three steps below Orient in the pyramid, the boss was keen to point out that there were plenty of youngsters on the pitch at the time, and the experience of drawing a game in that manner would be good for them.

He said: “There wasn’t a lot that needed to be said [at full-time]. They said it all once we were in there after the game. We have to bear in mind that we had a group of young players there that we think very highly of but they’re at the stages of their careers that they are.

“We need to give them these experiences like tonight, like when they go out on loan, this was a very good club for us and our young players last year as they came here and got valuable experiences.

“We had Arthur [Janata] in goal who’s had a very good pre-season and got a lot of exposure, young Shadrach [Ogie], Jayden Sweeney who is still of scholarship age group, and Brendon Shabani who finished the game on the pitch so it’s a valuable experience for them and when we said about how the second half panned out, you can’t expect those players to lead you through a tough second half like that.

“It is very disappointing, we didn’t like the second half by any stretch of the imagination and certainly not the goals that we conceded and the pressure that we put ourselves under but the boys were quite clear about that before any of the staff spoke.”

The performance of the night arguably game from O’s striker Angol as he bagged two excellent goals and won the penalty for Maguire-Drew to convert, as well as linking up well with fellow new boy Conor Wilkinson, and Embleton is excited about the partnership they could create.

He said: “He probably should have scored for the penalty before he was taken out but he’s been a handful. He’s got himself on the scoresheet a number of times this pre-season which is a real bonus for us.

“I think the more opportunity we get to see him and Conor together [will be good] as they’re starting to build a little bit of a relationship as well.”