Ross delighted Redbridge forward ignored his instructions
PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 October 2015
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Motormen boss reflects on FA Trophy success, Jay Knight’s goal and building on the win
Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross praised the quality of Jay Knight’s strike in their 2-0 win against Arlesey Town in the FA Trophy last night, but admitted he was shouting at the forward to take it into the corner flag and waste time.
Knight had found the net during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Town, which earned the Motormen a replay back at Oakside to decide who progressed to the first qualifying round of the competition.
Billy Drake put the home side ahead nine minutes before the break, much to the delight of Ross and Ricky Eaton.
Before Knight sealed the victory, Redbridge’s first since August 15, by dribbling past his marker on the byline and slotting past the Arlesey goalkeeper from a tight angle.
Ross said: “It was a tremendous finish, especially considering the angle. Ricky and I were screaming at him to take it to the corner, but he was so desperate to get a goal.
“Obviously it has done his confidence the world of good because he was down before that and another good thing is that we are creating chances now.
“We must have created more chances in the last three games than all of the ones before that so even though we aren’t taking them, we are producing again.
“Although we won 2-0, it could have been seven or eight. We missed at least five or six open goals, but the win is good for our confidence and ends the bad run.”
Redbridge earned £2,500 in prize money after beating Town and set up an away clash with Corinthian Casuals, of the Ryman South, in the next round on October 31.
The Motormen will be hoping to build on their cup victory when they take on Wroxham at Oakside this weekend.
Ross and Eaton’s team are currently in the bottom three, but feeling positive after yesterday’s triumph and looking to keep improving.
“For all non-league teams any financial input is important so it will be put to good use at the club the money we won from the cup,” said the Redbridge joint-manager.
“Now the most important thing is we put in a similar type of performance on Saturday because we are in a desperate position in the league.
“If we can reproduce the form and application against Wroxham that we put in during these two matches with Arlesey Town I will be happy.”
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