Cup dream over for Redbridge, but Spillane revels in ‘rollercoaster run’

Redbridge boss full of pride, after FA Cup second round exit at Crawley.

Redbridge’s FA Cup fairytale may be over, but boss Terry Spillane hopes the run can have a lasting effect on his side.

The Motormen lost 5-0 at Crawley Town in the second round of the competition on Saturday, the furthest the club has reached in its history.

And although the Oakside boss felt the scoreline was harsh, he knows their cup run has put the club ‘on the map’.

“For the first 30 minutes it was a bit quiet in there and we made it hard for them,” said Spillane.

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“The fans went a little quiet, but it was a fair result, they are obviously a better side than us and on the day we have got no complaints.

“We have gone out and had a great ride. Regardless of today we have had a great run and although Crawley have won the game I think we are winners in the non-league world.

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“We have had a few cup finals on the way, Ebbsfleet was the biggest game and then all of a sudden we won that and the rollercoaster just kept on going. Now we have had to get off, but it has been great.

“I can’t describe the feeling we have had, what the players and the family have had and all the people travelling down here have been fantastic. We have had a little glimpse of how the other half live.

“We have put Redbridge on the map, had around 250 people here today cheering us on, I don’t think we have had that in the whole season if you add them all together!”

Spillane now wants the cup run to be a catalyst for an upturn in their league form, with a play-off place in the Ryman One North firmly in his mind.

“The chairman has got big plans at our club, hopefully we are all still here but you never know in football,” he added.

“I am flavour of the month at the minute with the chairman, but that can quickly change.

“The focus now is to hopefully get into the play-offs and going up through the leagues if possible.”

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