Levitt looking for Redbridge to lift-off

PUBLISHED: 11:38 18 November 2010

Matt Gillingham

Matt Gillingham


Assistant boss remains positive despite two defeats in four days

REDBRIDGE assistant manager Amin Levitt insists the performances his side have put in against high-flyers Maldon & Tiptree and Wingate & Finchley this week highlight the vast improvement since he and Kris Taylor took over at Oakside.

The Motormen raced into a two-goal lead at fourth-placed Maldon on Saturday through Michael Gillingham and Kevin McLeod, but lost 3-2 as Michael Deane, top scorer Joe Sweeney and James Abbott struck to complete the comeback.

Then on Tuesday night, league leaders Wingate & Finchley were the visitors to Oakside and two goals in a five minute spell either side of half time from David Laird and Josh Cooper were enough to earn their side the points, as Ellis Skidmore could only register a consolation.

Despite the two defeats, Levitt insists the mood at Oakside remains positive.

“The performances the players have been putting in have been excellent lately and it was the same again against Wingate,” said Levitt.

“We were disappointed with the result against Maldon, because we were two goals up and despite the fact they are fourth we played well in that game, but made some silly mistakes and let them back into it.

“I thought we bounced back really well from what was a disappointing result and we certainly had enough chances to get something out of the Wingate game.

“Again, it was a case of being disappointed with the result rather than the performance, because no matter who we play we are going into games now expecting to win.

“That’s been the difference since myself and Kris have come here. We’ve got the players enjoying it and working hard and changed the mindset that we’re good enough to win any game we play.”

The back-to-back defeats leave Redbridge in the bottom four and only two points off the foot of the table, with just over a third of the season gone.

Despite only registering two league wins in this campaign Levitt is not prepared to entertain thoughts of relegation to the Essex Senior League and feels his side have more than enough quality to begin climbing the table sooner rather than later.

“Their manager came over to us at the end last night and said how well he thought we played and that if we carried on like that we’d be comfortably in mid-table not a bottom four side,” he said.

“It’s encouraging to hear that, and nice for people to compliment us, but we still need to get the results.

“And with the players we’ve got, we’ve got to be thinking we can compete with anyone in our division.

“The squad is much stronger now and that can only be a good thing. Everywhere you look there’s competition for places.

“Look at Michael Gillingham as an example, he couldn’t get in the team before we came, now he’s playing virtually every week, he’s full of confidence and he’s been fantastic.

“It just goes to show the quality we have throughout the squad and the competition we have for places.”

The Motormen were due to take on Hullbridge Sports in the Essex Senior Cup tonight (Thursday), but the game has been postponed meaning Redbridge now have a rare week off, before the trip to second place Needham Market next Tuesday.

Levitt feels after a gruelling schedule, with four games already this month, the players have earned their short break.

“The players have a day off on Saturday and they deserve it because we’ve had a lot of tough games, so they’ll have a well-earned rest and we’ll be fighting fit for the Needham game on Tuesday,” he said.

“We lost 5-0 at home to them in September, but I think on Tuesday we will show how far we’ve come.”

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