Ross takes pressure of Redbridge ahead of cup clash

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 January 2016

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

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

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Motormen joint-boss says team are underdogs for Wingate trip in London Senior Cup

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross says the team can play without fear when they visit Wingate & Finchley in the quarter-finals of the London Senior Cup tonight.

The Motormen travel around the A406 to tackle the Blues, who are currently in play-off contention in the Ryman Premier, with a spot in the final four of the captial competition up for grabs.

With the Oakside Stadium club currently bottom of the Ryman North, little is expected of them tonight, but Ross insists the team will use that to their advantage to cause a shock at the Harry Abrahams Stadium.

“There is a lack of pressure on us coming up against a higher opponent, but it would be great to get into a semi-final,” he said.

“We haven’t had much this season, but the cups have given us a bit of joy as we’re also having a good run in the Essex Senior Cup.

“There’ll be a few tweaks here and there tonight with maybe a few other players coming in, but we’ve made changes in the league this season and it still hasn’t worked for us so we are under a bit of pressure in terms of performing.”

Having lost at home to league leaders Sudbury on Saturday, Redbridge are currently three points adrift of safety at the foot of the Ryman North and face a crucial clash at fellow strugglers Wroxham on Saturday.

And Ross admits he would forgo progress in the cup tonight if it meant that the Motormen could take all three points from their trip to the Yachtsmen at the weekend.

“I’d happily lose tonight if I knew it meant we would win in the league on Saturday, but of course I would love a win in both matches,” he added.

“If the players who come in can perform to their best, then we know we have a chance of competing with Wingate tonight.”

With no away win since beating Wingate’s league rivals East Thurrock United in the Essex Senior Cup in December, Redbridge will start tonight’s match as heavy outsiders, but Ross expects his team to thrive in the role.

“We’re going to be massive underdog. They might be complacent, but we have a point to prove and show that we’re better than where we are.”

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