Brown defends keeper Justham after blunder

Redbridge 1 Tilbury 1

REDBRIDGE boss Jody Brown felt his side were unfortunate not to take all three points against Tilbury, after conceding an 86th minute equaliser at Oakside on Tuesday night.

The Motormen edged ahead through Kevin McLeod in the battle between the struggling pair, but missed a host of chances before Manlee Brown pounced on an uncharateristic error from Redbridge keeper Elliot Justham to snatch a point for the Dockers.

The result leaves Brown’s side fourth from bottom, with Tilbury just one place above, but while the Redbridge boss felt his side did enough to win the game, he was pleased to end a run of defeats.

“On the back of three defeats I’m happy with a point, but we probably deserved all three,” he said.

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“We are improving game by game, so I’ll take the positives from it.”

“It was our best performance for quite a while. It was good to get in front with a well-taken goal, we created a lot of chances and if we’d taken one I think the game would have been over, but then our keeper has made a bit of an error and they scored.

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“The manner of the goal was disappointing, but there won’t be any blame on him at all. He’s been one of our best players since I’ve been here, he’s an excellent keeper and there’s no chance of him being dropped for Saturday.”

Redbridge will be looking for a return to winning ways when they travel to Waltham Forest on Saturday for another relegation six-pointer and then make the trip to mid-table Harlow Town on Tuesday.

The Motormen boss will not take his team’s survival chances for granted should they take three points on Saturday and is targeting at least five more wins to assure them of safety.

“Everyone is capable of taking points off each other, so you can’t assume that beating Waltham Forest keeps us safe,” he said.

“You can’t say you’re safe until its certain. The thing about this league, which I’m learning very quickly, is that other than the top two anyone can beat anyone.

“I think five or six wins from our remaining games should be enough to keep us in the league and then we can look to bigger things next season.

“We still need a few more bodies. I want to bring in one or two more players to better what we have rather than just make up the numbers, but it’s hard to attract the type of players that we’d go for in the summer.”

“At the moment its difficult to say to someone, ‘do you want to come and play in a relegation battle?’, so I’m looking at free agents or perhaps players who have fallen out of favour at their clubs. We definitely need one or two more.”

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