Justin Edinburgh lamented his team’s complacency and was visibly disappointed after Leyton Orient were held to a 3-3 draw by Gateshead at Brisbane Road this afternoon.

Orient looked like they were in the FA Trophy semi-finals after captain Josh Coulson put them 3-0 up just before the hour mark, but the O’s were left shell shocked when a double from substitute Danny Johnson and a 90th minute equaliser from Richard Peniket secured the visitors a replay on Tuesday night.

The O’s were in cruise control up until the hour mark and Edinburgh believes his team became too complacent.

He said: “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am, but we have to accept that. We spoke about it in the dressing room and we have to accept responsibility. The players do and I do. But we have to show a reaction to what was a disappointing end to a very bright start to the game.

“I think we became a little bit complacent. Perhaps we thought we were through and I think once they got that first goal, no matter how good you are or think you are, you can’t always turn that tide around. I think the tide had gone out on us and they picked it up and took it on and credit to them. They had no fear and they were out of the competition at one stage and that became difficult. We’ve seen the last two out at 1-0 and we should be seeing it out at 3-0.”

One of the turning points in the game was perhaps the loss of Ebou Adams, who was substituted mid-way through the second half after picking up an injury.

The Norwich City loanee scored a stunning goal to put the O’s 2-0 up in the second half, and Edinburgh said the midfielder was a doubt before the game.

He said: “He (Adams) was a doubt for today. So we had a mind-set for an hour which would have been enough. We’ve got enough quality in this squad to be able to replace that. It’s not just about one player. We should have collectively seen this game out.”