Date: 13th December 2013 at 9:30pm
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As fans we’ve all done it ahead of a game, hoped that a player wasn’t going to be able to face us.

Phil Parkinson has expressed his happiness that a player that he has previous with isn’t able to feature against Bradford, as Leyton Orients Dave Mooney is suspended.

The boss was his boss during his time in charge of Charlton, given that experience and his form this season it’s viewed as a “bonus” that the striker misses out.
Parkinson told BBC Radio Leeds: ‘It’s a bonus for us that Dave Mooney, who I had at Charlton, is suspended – he’s done well for them, and I’m pleased he’s not playing.’

As much as we would’ve wanted to be involved in the FA cup last weekend, the fact that we exited at the first round stage meant that we had a free weekend.

That too is something that Parkinson thinks won’t have “hurt us” in that respect and could benefit us ahead of this game, which will of course be a very difficult one but a game we are capable of winning.

He added: ‘The lads had last weekend off, which I don’t think has done us any harm. We’ve been able to work on the shape of the team.

‘With the Christmas period run of games coming up we’re going to have to be ready. Leyton Orient are up there because they’re a good side with good players. They don’t overplay, but it’s a team I feel we’re capable of getting a result against.’

It’s at home so we’d be hopeful of getting a positive result, but at the same time we’re playing a side that have been there or thereabouts at the top of the league one table all season so would a draw really be a bad result….

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