Ross Embleton felt that Leyton Orient put in a “disappointing” performance as they fell 2-0 at home to Scunthorpe United.

Embleton was taking charge of the O’s for the first time since the 4-0 away win at Grimsby Town following the dismissal of Carl Fletcher as head coach on Thursday.

O’s fans will have been hopeful that the momentum gained during Embleton’s last spell will have continued, but they fell behind after just five minutes to Alex Gilliead’s stunner and never looked like scoring until Lee Novak secures the points for the Irons.

Speaking after the game, Embleton said: “[I’m] disappointed and [it was] disappointing in the way that we performed.

“I thought the boys had a go. I thought it the first half we were on the verge of an okay performance. The message at half time was that we looked a little bit edgy and nervy, a little bit slow and made unforced errors at times.

“I thought we were very nearly able to create chances. We never really created anything clearly. We were very near to putting them under a bit more pressure than perhaps we did.”

Aside from the goals that were scored, Scunthorpe did relatively little to trouble Dean Brill in between the sticks for Orient, but the boss was able to pinpoint the errors that were made in each instance.

He said: “The first goal obviously comes from a corner and it looked as if it was taking us some time to get to grips with who we were marking and where we were, but I don’t know if that actually affected the goal that went in.

“It’s an absolute wonder strike from the distance that he does into the top corner, so I think it would be unfair to him for me to take that away from him, albeit we would’ve liked to have been organised a little bit quicker and that’s something we’ll have to look at.

“With the second goal, certainly James [Brophy] is out of position, we leave ourselves open at the back. My intention wasn’t to leave us open at the back, it was to try to get James in that position where Dan [Happe] was and be a bit more of a natural attacker at left-back to try to build us some more momentum going forward.”