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Redbridge boss Eaton: It’s the biggest smash and grab I have seen

13:10 15 October 2014

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross (L) and Ricky Eaton. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross (L) and Ricky Eaton. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Joint Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton described their 2-1 Ryman North win over Aveley last night as the ‘biggest smash and grab’ he’s ever seen.

Billy Holland (right) of Aveley and Leon Smith of Redbridge battle for the ball in last's night's 2-1  win for Redbridge. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO.Billy Holland (right) of Aveley and Leon Smith of Redbridge battle for the ball in last's night's 2-1 win for Redbridge. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO.

Chinedu McKenzie put the Motormen into a second-minute lead, before the visitors went on to dominate and levelled through Junior Ogeji-Uzokwe in the second half.

It was one-way traffic for the most part, but the Motormen weathered the proverbial storm and Leon Smith struck in the 90th minute to seal Redbridge’s fourth win on the spin.

And Eaton had no doubt about what he had just witnessed, though felt it was about time Redbridge were on the right end of a late winner.

“It was the biggest smash and grab I’ve seen,” said Eaton. “But I am really happy to be on the right side of it this time because we have had a lot of trouble over the last couple of seasons conceding last minute goals.

“It is nice to get a winner at the death even if we didn’t deserve it, but that’s football.”

Eaton had hoped McKenzie’s opener after just two minutes would send the Millers into their shell.

That plan certainly backfired against a side he labelled ‘the best we have come up against’, but was pleased they finally had some fortune on their side.

“We are on a bit of run winning the last three games and Aveley have lost their last four so the idea was to get at them early doors and get their heads down,” he added.

“But all that did was entice them to come at us and we sat back. It backfired in that respect but it was another great performance early doors and we then fell asleep. “Aveley really pushed us and to be fair I think they are the best side we have played this season. They popped the ball around well and they unfortunate, but we’ve been unfortunate for a long time.”

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