Rafis: Whole Redbridge defence deserves credit

PUBLISHED: 12:25 18 November 2011

Redbridge's goalkeeper Adam Rafis during the FA Cup, First Round match at Oakside Stadium, Essex.

Redbridge's goalkeeper Adam Rafis during the FA Cup, First Round match at Oakside Stadium, Essex.

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Nephew of former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams heaps praise on team-mates

Redbridge goalkeeper Adam Rafis may have walked away with many of the plaudits following his side’s goalless FA Cup draw with Oxford City on Saturday, but he insists it was the whole defence that came up trumps.

The 27-year-old has now helped himself to five clean sheets for the Motormen have played to get to this stage, in games against Wingate & Finchley, Bury Town, Dunstable Town and Ebbsfleet United, meaning he has now kept goal for 450 minutes without conceding in the competition.

At the moment Rafis, the nephew of former England and Arsenal defender Tony Adams, is full of confidence and he would like it to stay that way a little longer, at least until after Tuesday night’s replay at Oxford.

“I am quite confident about my own ability. You have to be as a keeper,” he said.

“We were under a lot of pressure for those 20 minutes in the second half and I made three or four saves which you obviously have to be happy with as a keeper. It was nice to soak it up and get through without conceding.

“Of course I am happy with my own performance but you just can’t put it all down to me. The defence was outstanding again. They had a few chances, but at that late stage they are going to commit their players forward.

“Apparently Oxford have decent facilities and a better pitch. As much as I would like to say otherwise, our pitch isn’t the best in the world.

“We are a football playing side and like to get the ball down on the park and hopefully a nice crisp pitch will be good for us as much as it will for them.”

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