Essex Senior League: Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton chasing revenge against Southend Manor
PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 November 2016
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Manager says Motormen are determined to beat Manor with previous loss still fresh in the mind
Just 35 days have passed since their last meeting in the Essex Senior League, but Redbridge host Southend Manor tonight looking to avenge their earlier defeat.
The Motormen went down 4-2 at Southchurch Park at the end of September, despite goals from Kieran English and Jay Knight,
And with that loss still fresh in the mind, Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton is targetting revenge tonight.
“We owe Southend one after the last game, but they are in good form at the moment,” said Eaton.
“When we played them in September, it was a bad experience as we had to go through the rush-hour traffic on a Tuesday night, which is tough for the boys who work. Southend are coming the other way, so it won’t impact them as much.
“I would make us slight favourites, but we do have a few players who will be absent for a variety of reasons. It’s tough, but we know the situation.”
Redbridge head into the game having lost their last two matches, going down 5-2 at Stansted on Saturday after losing 3-1 at home to leaders Barking last Tuesday.
Before those defeats, the Motormen were unbeaten in six league games and Eaton is keen to spark life back into their campaign once again.
“We’re desperate to get back on a good run of form again, like we were before the losses in our last two games,” said Eaton.
“Both games were against good sides, but there were a couple of moments against Barking where it could have gone differently, while it was a bad display at Stansted, so we want to get things right.
Redbridge have also scored in each of their last 17 games in all competitions, a run they are keen to continue tonight against Manor.
And though Eaton knows it shows they are doing things right going forward, the fact they are still not winning matches regularly means they have to tighten up at the back.
“We’re scoring, so long may it continue, but I hope we’re not jinxed tonight!” he added.
“It is difficult when you have such a turnaround in players as the squad is constantly adapting to playing with different people, but we’re doing well going forward.
“It has meant that there have been a few gaps left where they shouldn’t be as the players are getting used to each other and after conceding eight in our last two, that’s something we’re working on.
“We want to be more compact and solid at the back, but we know that cannot impact on our play going forward.”
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