ORIENT manager Russell Slade will be back in the charge of the O’s this week but believes the trip to Bradford will be his sides’ toughest test of the season.
Slade missed the FA Cup tie with Walsall last weekend but continues to recover from a virus and has travelled with the squad to the Valley Parade.
“I’m feeling better which is a good thing so will be back with the rest of the team,” said Slade. “It was a difficult week for the football club with a number of the young lads and the players and myself getting the dreaded bug. I’m very proud of the staff though and in particular Nuge (Kevin Nugent), for the way they pulled together and I’m proud of the players too for putting in a dogged performance. The only negative was the sending off for David Mooney.”
The win put Orient into the third round of the competition against Yeovil, one of Slade’s former clubs, but the O’s boss is remaining fully focussed on a busy Christmas League programme of games.
“The cup tie is one we will look forward to and can approach with confidence and look to get ourselves in the hat for the fourth round. Right now though it goes on a back-burner as the next four games are vital. We’ve set ourselves our own target in terms of points from this period and it can set us up nicely for the New Year. Bradford though will provide the toughest assignment so far. We’ll be without or two strikers and will need to be tough physically and mentally to get something from the game.”