Essex Senior League: Ricky wants Redbridge reaction

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 August 2017

Ricky Eaton of Redbridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ricky Eaton of Redbridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Eaton prepares for Enfield trip

Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton is hoping to get a reaction from his side tonight as they head to face Enfield.

The Motormen suffered their first Essex Senior League defeat at the weekend, falling to a 2-0 loss at Takeley, who remain unbeaten and just behind FC Romania at the top of the table.

First-half goals from Jason Todd and Mitchell Das ensured Eaton’s side slipped to defeat, and the Oakside chief admitted his charges never really got going.

“The performance was not great at all. It was a bad day at the office,” said Eaton.

“We had a couple of early opportunities but their two clear-cut chances ended in goals. We worked well up until the final third but either produced the wrong pass or didn’t test their goalkeeper.”

Das’ strike came on a counter-attack from a Redbridge corner and Eaton felt the second goal was crucial, having seen Calvin Poku miss an opportunity with the score still at 1-0.

“The second goal was a blow, but they deserved to win the game and we weren’t at the races,” he added.

“Their goalkeeper made one good save from Calvin Poku and that would have been 1-1, but other than that he hasn’t had much to do. We got in some great areas, but didn’t really threaten.”

It’s another quick turnaround tonight as they make the trip to Enfield, who have yet to pick up a point from their two league games to date.

But Eaton is wary of the hosts, who have had tough opening fixtures against Ilford and FC Romania, and hopes his side can bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment despite it being the second match in three days.

“They haven’t picked up a point, but they have played two good sides in FC Romania and Ilford. It will be a hard game and I am sure they want to put it right and at least get on the scoresheet tonight,” he said.

“You have the problem of playing Saturday and Monday. We will make changes tonight because of that, but it is also necessary because of the level of performance at the weekend as well.

“It is tough with the way the fixtures have gone so far, but it is what it is. Hopefully our boys will be looking to put Saturday’s game behind them.”

Eaton will be boosted by the return of midfielder Vinny Murphy from suspension, but is without Patrick Duggan after he picked up an ankle injury in the defeat at Takeley on Saturday.

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