Redbridge boss Ross rues injuries

PUBLISHED: 16:26 02 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:26 02 September 2013

Redbridge managers Dave Ross (right) and Ricky Eaton (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge managers Dave Ross (right) and Ricky Eaton (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Enforced changes upset Motormen in FA Cup

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross rued the impact of two enforced half-time substitutions, due to injury, for his team’s FA Cup defeat against Ryman Division One North rivals Burnham.

The Motormen went into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to striker Geoffrey Mitchell, but injuries to captain Gary Henty and Hussainou Jaffa forced a defensive reshuffle and within a minute of the second half, Burnham had equalised.

Burnham went on to dominate the second half of the preliminary round tie and scored two more goals as Redbridge missed a host of chances.

And Ross felt the substitutions and early goal were a major setback after his side had controlled the opening period.

He said: “It was a massive blow because it straight away put us on the back foot again and obviously gave them a boost of confidence so it was a massive blow in my opinion.”

Ross was also unhappy with the number of chances missed by his team and the softness of the goals conceded.

“The three goals they got were from defensive errors and we should have stopped them,” he added.

“On the other hand, we have to bury our chances at the other end and we had four or five one on ones and didn’t manage to put them away.

“If you don’t put away your chances, you get put under pressure and that’s what happened.”

For Ross and co-boss Ricky Eaton the negatives from the match outweighed any positives and with Redbridge facing Enfield Town in the League Cup tomorrow (Tuesday) there are major doubts about the fitness of several members of the squad.

“Injuries have killed us and at the moment I’m not sure if some of them will be fit,” said Ross.

“The few positives are that we created loads of chances, however defensively we were awful in the second half but we move on.

“Tuesday is another game so hopefully we can turn it around because it will be a hard game.

“It was just one of those days when it doesn’t happened for you, it is just a shame it has happened on such a big occasion.”

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