Ross Embleton felt that Leyton Orient's performance against Walsall was their "season in a nutshell" after a poor display saw them beaten 1-0.

Orient rarely threatened even after going behind to Josh Gordon's goal and after Saddlers left-back Cameron Pring was sent off in the second half.

Defensively they looked unsure as well, and better finishing from Walsall on the day could have easily seen the margin of victory increased for them.

Speaking after the game, Embleton told the club website: "I think the biggest frustration for me and I'm sure for everybody in the dressing room, everyone associated with the club, people on their way home, supporters, is that is pretty much our season in a nutshell so far.

"[We] underperform and don't quite compete in first halves, make errors and give away poor goals, give ourselves a lot to do in the second half and then come out and walk away and say we should have got something out of it.  

"Every now and again you do get something out of it but you can't keep banking on pulling a rabbit out of the hat in the second half and I think that's what we've done on too many occasions this year."

Despite Orient edging the game in terms of possession, they rarely threatened in front of goal, producing just three shots on target, and Embleton feels their attacking edge has been lost in trying to make them tougher to beat defensively.

He said: "The focus recently has been to try to make us tougher to beat, harder to play against and to stop conceding silly goals. I think then what happens is you lose your edge in terms of the final third of the pitch.

"At the same time, we had opportunities to put better balls into the box at times and put them under a little bit more pressure."