Redbridge boss rues slow start

PUBLISHED: 15:44 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:44 15 April 2013

Redbridge manager Steve Portway (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge manager Steve Portway (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Portway: We were switched off

Redbridge joint manager Steve Portway was left to rue his side’s slow start as they lost 3-1 at home to Chatham Town on Saturday.

Chatham scored twice inside the opening 25 minutes to secure the Ryman Division One North points and Portway was disappointed his side was switched off in the opening exchanges.

He said: “The game was over in the first 25, we never started and they got two goals so it was over.

“We were switched off at the start and its cost us.

“I think it was mental tiredness, we’ve only got young boys and they don’t really know when to switch off and when to switch on.

“It’s hard but they’re learning.”

Jacob Cleaver pulled one back for the Motormen before Chatham scored again in the second half.

Cleaver did have an opportunity to reduce the deficit further when Redbridge were awarded a penalty with eight minutes to go, but his effort flew over the bar.

Portway sympathised with his young striker though, and praised him for stepping up.

“I’m a striker myself so I did let him off,” he added.

“I’ve missed many penalties, you have to be there to miss them.

“Strikers stand up to take them so you sometimes have to take the rough with the smooth and he’s been scoring goals lately and he did score again so we’ll let him off.”

The result was disappointing, especially after a terrific win last Thursday against Brentwood.

Cleaver scored twice, and Lemar Lemonius grabbed his second goal of the season in a 3-0 win.

Portway admitted it was typical from his side to perform so well one week and then disappoint the following match.

“It could have been more as well,” he said.

“We had four good chances in the second half but missed them.

“It’s so typical of us, one week we have a great performance and then the next we aren’t as good.

“But hopefully we’ll be good for the next game, which is massive.”

Redbridge host Ware tomorrow (Tuesday) as they look to remain ahead of neighbours Ilford at the bottom of the table.

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