"I thought I might get the nod seeing as it was actually not real football' claims Leyton Orient captain

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 10:08am

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Leyton Orient skipper Jobi McAnuff was left jokingly bemused by his omission from the O's starting XI in their football manager clash with Bradford City.

After the coronavirus pandemic caused all EFL action to be temporarily suspended, Leyton Orient's fixture with Bradford City was postponed last Saturday. 

However, whilst there was no action going on at Brisbane Road on the pitch, the O's still took on Bradford in virtual form via Football Manager. 

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Ever since the announcement of the suspension was made, Leyton Orient have been an active presence online in a bid to help boost morale whilst the escapism that actual football offers so many is placed in hiatus. 

Whether it be football manager games, or creating a 128-team knockout FIFA tournament, Orient have very much been at the forefront of football content with no actual football taking place. 

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Saturday's online fixture with Bradford stirred plenty of engagement, with fans voting online for their preferred starting line-up. Skipper Jobi McAnuff was left out of the first eleven and he revealed, tongue in cheek, his disappointment at missing out.

"Nah I'm more disappointed I didn't start actually. I was a bit gutted. I thought I might get the nod seeing as it was actually not real football."

The O's skipper did go onto praise those behind Orient's online activities: "But no, obviously from their [media team's] point of view they've been absolutely amazing. Elliot Byrne, he left over a few weeks ago. He's been brilliant all up to this point, holding down the fort so to speak.

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"Yeah I think it's really good to give the fans a bit of interaction, a bit of content; I mean clearly they're going to be missing the main thing and that is a match on a Saturday." 

Ultimately, McAnuff heralded the impact it could have and how vital it is Leyton Orient remain a part of the fan's lives.

"So, again, a real brilliant idea, one that everyone could get involved in and I suppose just take their mind off things a little bit and still carry on that interaction with the football club which is so important and such a special thing for us to show at Leyton Orient."

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