ROSS Embleton took full responsibility for Leyton Orient’s below-par first half performance, which gifted Swindon Town three goals in less than 25 minutes to tee up Richie Wellens’ latest win.

Embleton – a former first team coach at Swindon Town – changed his side’s shape and personnel dramatically in the game’s second half, switching to 4-4-2 while introducing Jordan Maguire-Drew, Louis Dennis and Dale Gorman to the field.

Changes had a positive impact on Orient’s second half display.

However, Swindon still could have scored two more through Lloyd Isgrove – who was unlucky to strike the crossbar – and Keshi Anderson, whose powerful effort from inside the area was kept out thanks to Dean Brill’s reaction save.

Embleton accepted Swindon Town are a strong team at League Two level during his post-match interview.

He said: “Swindon are a very good team, and we knew that before kick-off.

“We knew we were against a team that is very capable in this league, I thought Swindon showed on many occasions – certainly in the first half and at times again in the second.

“I feel I didn’t get things particularly right. I felt the way we setup could counteract some of the movements we knew Swindon would offer.

“But it didn’t work out – I take full responsibility for the first half.

“We knew there would be times where we would be without the ball, but we allowed that to happen on a few occasions in the first half.”

Despite trailing by three goals to nil at half time, Embleton insists Orient’s defenders did their job resolutely prior to Anderson’s opening strike.

He added: “I thought we defended our box resolutely before the first goal.

“Swindon had a number of corners, but I never felt under a great deal of pressure then. If anything, we had a couple of opportunities and had the first shots of the game.

“Although it wasn’t a great performance, I felt we needed to address things at half time – 4-4-2 isn’t a formation we’ve used a great deal this year.”