Redbridge boss Eaton disappointed to crash out of London Senior Cup
PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 October 2017
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Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton revealed he wanted to use his squad as they crashed out of the London Senior Cup on penalties to Hanwell Town.
The Motormen’s winning run came to an end as they lost 4-2 on penalties after drawing 2-2 with the Evo-Stik Southern League East Division outfit at Reynolds Field last night.
“Last night we made nine changes to the squad from the one that won at Southend Manor on Saturday,” Eaton said.
“We wanted to give the squad a chance to play as we’ve had a lot of the boys banging on the door asking why or when they’re going to be playing and we thought it was a good chance to.”
The visitors got off to an early start when Lindisipho Mytanda scored the opener for his side in the 13th minute.
Hanwell clawed one back 14 minutes later through Callum Wright to pull the score back level.
The hosts then had a bit of luck as Redbridge scored an own goal in the 40th minute to make it 2-1 at half-time.
Substitute Patrick Duggan found the net and scored an equaliser in the 70th minute to take the game to penalties.
“We started ok, but as the game went on we got a bit flat and that eventually killed us really,” he said.
“We got scored, but found ourselves 2-1 down at half-time, which was disappointing.
“Patrick Duggan scored a really good equaliser from 25 to 35 yards and we had more chances to go on and win it after that, but we didn’t take them.”
The manager admits it’s disappointing to end their cup run, but believes it gives them more chance to focus on the league.
“It’s disappointing to go out especially on penalties, but it is what it is and we can now get back to our main focus.”
Eaton also heaped praise on Mytanda who has been finding the net regularly in recent weeks after struggling to break into the team to start the season.
“It’s good to see him chipping in now and I’m really pleased for him.
“He’s a very good player, he’s got good feet and a good finish on him, but there is also plenty more to come from him.”