FM20 REPORT: Bradford City 1-0 Leyton Orient

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A first half stunner from Jake Reeves was enough for The Bantams to pinch victory, as “Twitter Based Gaffer” tasted defeat on their debut.

A postponement in EFL fixtures inspired Leyton Orient Football Club to hire fans to lead the O’s in the virtual world of Football Manager.

The people screamed for ‘4-4-2’ as Ruel Sotiriou and Conor Wilkinson started up front. The O’s Admin engaged in a creative spat before kick off at Valley Parade, as fellow EFL Clubs had no shame in stealing our content.

Conor Wilkinson had the first opportunity of the game, but the forward could only head over the bar after meeting James Brophy’s cross.

The home side took control from then on and peppered Lawrence Vigouroux’s goal. A swift tactical change from the online fans couldn’t prevent the coming storm; Reeves smashed Bradford ahead after 33 minutes.

Half time provided an opportunity for some tactical changes and the boss wasted no time. A switch to 4-3-3 meant Wilkinson made way for Wright, who came on to face his former club.

The referee was forced to punch down the dressing room door as decisions took more than half an hour to make.

The boys in blue made their way back out and looked better for the changes made.

However, the hosts looked resolute at the back and stood firm. Lee Angol replaced Ruel Sotiriou on the hour, who had to join Hector Kyprianou backstage to film a snippet of the O’s Show that’s set to be released tomorrow.

70 minutes in, it got real.

The media team stopped and thought “We’ve smashed this out the park here and we’re not even going to score.”

Subsequently, we went attacking. Still, nothing doing.

Ten minutes from time, the final roll of the dice. The legend Jobi McAnuff replaced Jordan Maguire-Drew on the right flank as Twitter prayed for a fairytale goal.

It never came. Bradford parked the bus and denied us everything we all wanted.

Regardless, what a laugh. Thank you for getting involved and we hope you enjoy your weekend.


ORIENT FM20 XI: Vigouroux, Judd, Happe, Ekpiteta, Widdowson, Maguire-Drew (McAnuff 80”) Cissè, Marsh, Brophy, Wilkinson (Wright 46”) Sotiriou (Angol 60”)

Booked: Sotiriou 43” Cissè 86” Brophy 90” Marsh 90”