Redbridge managers ‘gutted’ after another late defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:58 11 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:58 11 September 2014

Patrick Damali, who was later sent off, battles with Abs Seymour for the ball during Romford's 2-1 win over Redbridge. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Patrick Damali, who was later sent off, battles with Abs Seymour for the ball during Romford's 2-1 win over Redbridge. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Ross & Eaton frustrated with red cards

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)

Redbridge joint-managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton were both “gutted” after watching their side concede in the 10th minute of injury time at Ship Lane to suffer a 2-1 loss to local rivals Romford in the Ryman One North.

The Motormen had gone in ahead at the break after Shane Wallace’s opener, however, missed opportunities and a lack of discipline towards the end of the game cost Ross and Eaton’s team.

First Patrick Damali was sent off in the 88th minute before Wallace recieved his marching orders and they cruelly conceding deep into time added on to fall to another defeat.

Ross said: “Obviously we are absolutely gutted and I think the initial sending off killed us really. It is bad discipline on our part but the player had to go so we have no arguments with that.

“It was stupid, a bit of a petulance and obviously that has killed us because I still felt we looked like we could go on and win the game and I think we would have thoroughly deserved to win the game but that was the turning point for us.

“I think another big turning point was the foul on Aaron Scott, which wasn’t given. Aaron has done his ankle and his knee and it was an outright awful challenge. Aaron was the one holding it all together for us.”

Damali’s sending off appeared to be the main turning point for Redbridge as his red card sparked a mass brawl involving players and the management of both sides.

It took some time for order to be restored by referee Tim Donnellan and Motormen were definitely more affected as Wallace picked up a needless second yellow card shortly afterwards.

Eaton felt Redbridge were the more dominant team and was disappointed that a lack of discipline cost them, he said: “We were definitely the more dominant team in the game (prior to Romford’s equaliser).

“We had a couple of opportunities, where we felt we should have scored from but we haven’t and Romford have sucker punched us from the corner for the equaliser,

“Again, I still felt we could go on and win the game but we didn’t take our opportunities and Romford, to be fair to them, kept at it and the red card and the commotion in the middle has affected us a lot more than it has Romford.”

Forward Brian Moses also missed a great opportunity for Redbridge in the first half which would have put them two up and Ross felt that was decisive, he added: “Without a doubt that is a big moment. I think that would have been the nail in the coffin for Romford.

“We just need to keep plodding on and hopefully our luck turns around because at the moment, we don’t know what we have done but Rickie and I must have done something wrong, maybe in a previous life, because we are getting absolutely no rub at all.

“We just need a bit of the rub of the green but sometimes you make your own luck and we made our own bad luck against Romford by what went on.”

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