Redbridge boss Eaton draws positives in Grays defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 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 manager Ricky Eaton draws the positives from his side’s 2-0 defeat to Grays Athletic.

The Motormen crashed out of the FA Cup after suffering defeat in their preliminary round match to the Bostik North outfit at Parkside on Saturday.

A goal a piece from the hosts Suleyman Zudhu and Joao Carlos in either half guided them to victory.

“There were a couple of positives from the game obviously,” Eaton said.

“We put Grays under pressure in the first half, didn’t take a couple of chances we may have got, few half chances that I thought we could have done better with, but at the end of the day we come down to Grays and just lost out.”

It was Grays first win of home turf this season after losing 2-0 to rivals Hornchurch earlier in the week.

“They’ve got a fantastic new facility, they were fired up for the game because of their defeat in the week, and they put on a good performance today and got their win.”

Eaton was pleased with his side defensively, but believes they still have to improve on a few little things.

“In phases we did defend well, for their goal I wasn’t really happy as it was a third man run again, it’s causing us problems,” he admitted.

“We need to try picking them up nice and early.

“I think it’s the third third man run we’ve conceded goals from in the last four or five games.

“It’s getting a little bit annoying and frustrating, we’ve got to make sure we’re concentrating at all times and following our runners.”

Athletic’s Zudhu stretched out and poked home the ball to give his side a 1-0 lead in the thirty eighth minute and Eaton admits they should have done better.

“John(Mbamarah) has come out unlucky and he’s headed it over his head and got the run on him.

“Good finish from the boys point of view, from my view it’s not good enough.”

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