Redbridge manager reveals Murphy’s claim

PUBLISHED: 11:30 10 December 2014

Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton (left) and Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton (left) and Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Motormen came from behind again last weekend to pick up vital victory

Redbridge striker Jacob Cleaver saw a deflected shot hit the crossbar at Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Redbridge striker Jacob Cleaver saw a deflected shot hit the crossbar at Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge’s matchwinner at Burnham Ramblers last weekend, Vinny Murphy, was always confident he would score the decisive goal at Leslie Fields, revealed joint-boss Dave Ross.

The Motormen manager explained how the versatile Murphy was insistent on the substitute’s bench that he would earn them three important Ryman North points if he was brought on.

Rickie Eaton and Ross substituted Murphy on and he fired in from long range to earn a terrific 4-3 win against Ramblers, after they were trailing by two-goals during the second period.

“Vinny was on the bench telling us he would lob the keeper for the winner if he came on,” revealed Ross.

“He has had a slight injury so could only play quarter of an hour, but has scored some important goals for us this season.

“He said it tongue in cheek he would score the winner, but it could turn out to be one of our most important goals of the season.”

Jacob Cleaver also had a huge part to play in the seven-goal thriller against fellow strugglers Burnham.

The forward, who joined on loan from Billericay Town last week, scored the opener after three minutes before Kye Jude equalised for the hosts.

Leon Smith was shown a straight red card for Redbridge before Isaac Aubynn and Emmanuel Johnson found the net to put Burnham 3-1 up.

However Cleaver reduced the arrears, on his second debut, 10 minutes from time before Mark Nougher and Murphy found the net late on to earn a vital victory.

Ross praised the returning Cleaver, who moves back to Oakside from Billericay after previous spells with league rivals Brentwood Town and Maldon & Tiptree over the past 18 months.

He added: “Jacob was here the year before last and he was a prolific goalscorer then in a struggling team.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he scored twice at the weekend. Rickie and I have been big fans of Jacob for quite a while.

“We have been trying to get him for a year so great to have him here. It will do him the world of good because his confidence has been a bit down.

“He is a really talented player. He has been getting little bits from the bench, but to play 90 minutes and score two goals will give him great confidence.”

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