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Eaton wants creativity from his Redbridge side

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 August 2017

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton wants creativity from his side as the pressure is on their FA Cup opponents Grays Athletic this weekend.

The Motormen travel to Bostik North outfit Grays on Saturday as underdogs in the preliminary round tie.

And Eaton is hoping his side will express themselves and put up a good fight after suffering two Essex Senior League defeats in a row.

“It’s going to be a tough test and we go there as underdogs,” said Eaton.

“We can go there and express ourselves and play with freedom as there is no pressure on us.”

The manager revealed his side know what they’re going up against and will try utilising their knowledge of the opposition.

“We know quite a lot about them,” added Eaton.

“The boys that we have got know a lot of their players and I know a lot of them too.

“We know what to expect from them, they will work hard and they will bring the ball down to try and play football. They won on opening day and they’ve got a new stadium to play out of this season (at Aveley), so they will be up for it.

“They’re on a 3G pitch so they will see it as a good opportunity for them to get the ball down.”

Eaton also admitted his side need to build up their confidence again after failing to score in their last two defeats.

“We’re down in the dumps at the moment,” he said.

“It’s frustrating as we’re doing the right things on the pitch, we’re just not putting the ball in the back of the net.”

The boss also believes he faces tricky decision when it comes to selection at Grays.

“It’s quite hard when you change things. A lot of changes disrupt the flow of things, but when you don’t change things after losses players on the bench get disgruntled,” added Eaton, who also admitted how going through would help the club.

“The FA Cup is massive for non-league teams, not just our club but all of them,” he said.

“If we managed to go through the prize money, which is £2,000, would be huge for a club like ours, but first and foremost I care about about the football.”

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