Eaton: Errors let Redbridge down

PUBLISHED: 14:37 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:58 12 October 2015

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Joint boss reflects on defeat against Wroxham

Redbridge joint manager Ricky Eaton was left frustrated by the defensive errors which led to their tenth successive league defeat at home to Wroxham on Saturday.

The promising start made by Motormen quickly began to unravel when indecision at the back allowed Wroxham to win a penalty.

Although the spot-kick was well saved by Mark Parker, the home side were unable to heed the warning, allowing their Ryman North rivals to convert two crosses from similar positions shortly after.

“In the first 15 minutes it looked like we could win the game without causing any real pressure,” said Eaton.

“But defensive errors let us down massively and at this level it is unexplainable really. Everyone in the team should be willing to fight for their opportunity.”

Redbridge had hoped that the 2-0 FA Trophy replay win against Arlesey Town in midweek would provide the catalyst to turn their poor league form around.

But Eaton was quick to point out that the side’s current form was not down to individual errors but, rather, a shared weakness which needs to be overcome.

He added: “It’s massively disappointing because we thought we’d turned a corner to end this losing streak after winning in the cup game.

“We had a few good players missing in the game, but it’s no excuse for us, we just didn’t push on. Collectively we haven’t been good enough and it is something me and Dave are working on.”

However, as the fixture list becomes more congested in following weeks, Eaton insists that his side will not let their current run affect the way they mentally approach the future games.

He added: “The spirit when you’re losing games isn’t great, but we’re still going into every game looking to win. The boys are still buzzing for it. We’ll keep going until we change it around.”

Their first opportunity comes tomorrow (Tuesday) when they play Tilbury at home in what Eaton anticipates will be a “hard and intriguing battle.”

Co-manager Dave Ross added: “We played them only a few weeks ago and lost 4-1 so we go in as massive underdogs.

“Tilbury are on a great run, but we will have to learn from the defeat and try to make it right tomorrow.”

Kick off at the Oakside Stadium is at 7.45pm.

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