Ross: Early penalty hurt Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 January 2016

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Motormen joint-boss frustrated as Sudbury win at Oakside Stadium

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross believes an early penalty cost his side any chance of earning any points as they went down 4-0 at home to Ryman North leaders Sudbury.

Less than three minutes were on the clock before the Motormen fell behind when Craig Parker scored from the spot after George Clarke was fouled in the box.

The hosts were three down at half time after further strikers for the visitors from Luke Callander and Parker.

While the second half proved a more even contest, there was further woe for Redbridge when Parker sealed his hat trick 18 minutes from time to send the hosts to the foot of the table.

Ross revealed he had hopes before the game of seeing the Motormen spring a surprise, but that the early penalty dented their chances of doing just that.

“Before the game, we were confident we could get something from it, but the early penalty killed us,” said Ross.

“From then on, they were too strong and too good for us. Sudbury played good football and that’s why they are clear at the top. They’re the best footballing side we’ve played this season.

“Our heads went down after the early penalty, but myself and Ricky Eaton still had the belief that we could get something from it.

It could have turned into a disastrous afternoon for Redbridge after being 3-0 down at half time, but to their credit the hosts battled well to prevent Sudbury from running up a cricket score.

They could have had a goal too if Jay Knight hadn’t missed a penalty after Reside Coxi Sebastfao was fouled in the area, but Ross was pleased with the improvements after the break.

“Second half, all we gave away was a penalty and if we had scored ours two then we would have held them level at 1-1 for that half,” he added.

“It was much better from us after the break which was good to see, but giving away that early penalty killed us.”

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