Ross Embleton felt that Leyton Orient showed a level of naivety in dealing with Forest Green Rovers' tactics in the first half of their 4-2 defeat, but praise his side for the character they showed in the second half.

Rovers led 3-0 at the break with the first two goals coming from Ebou Adams, who Orient fans felt had tried to get under the players' skin on a number of occasions in the first half.

Matty Stevens added a third before the break before second-half goals from Matt Harrold and Jordan Maguire-Drew brought Orient back to within one, but substitute Junior Mondal swept home a fourth for the visitors late on to secure the points.

Speaking after the game, Embleton said: "We all know what Ebou Adams is about, when he comes back here and what he brings out in us and our supporters. He certainly gets me in the same way and I warned the players of how that would be. We fell into that trap a little bit which is disappointing because we've given him the opportunity to unsettle us and ultimately lose the game.

"They've come here with a game plan and ultimately, in the end, they've executed it in terms of getting the points, so [I'm] disappointed in the way we let ourselves down like that.

"I think at the same time there were some mistakes that led to goals that have also let us down today."

Despite going in at the break with such a big deficit, Embleton was disappointed that the O's weren't able to claim a point from the game. Harrold and Maguire-Drew brought it back to one and Josh Coulson thundered an effort off the crossbar before Forest Green broke and won it through Mondal.

Embleton said: "Off the back of a very difficult first half, you come in now disappointed that we didn't get a point, which is quite crazy really because you think at half-time sometimes everyone just lets the game fizzle out to a degree. We didn't do that.

"I asked the players to show some character and some spirit and give the people that were here something to cheer about. They certainly did that and we were a couple of inches away from getting a point, which in the end, as bad as we were in the first half, in the second half we probably deserved it."