Ross urges Redbridge to tighten up against Dereham

PUBLISHED: 17:30 03 September 2015

Joint Redbridge boss Dave Ross (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Joint Redbridge boss Dave Ross (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Motormen boss believes match with Magpies will show progress

Joint manager Dave Ross believes Redbridge’s match against Dereham Town on Saturday will provide a fairer reflection of the team’s potential after three straight losses in Ryman North.

The Motormen have been beaten by Aveley, Hornchurch and Harlow Town in recent weeks, with all three expected to challenge for promotion.

Redbridge also suffered the agony of being knocked out of the FA Cup by a last-minute winner from Heybridge Swifts last weekend.

But Ross feels that despite their winless run, the team should be judged by how they perform against Dereham.

“If we go out and lose this weekend, then we know we have problems,” said Ross.

“Hopefully it will be another tight game, like it was against Heybridge, but this time we will come out on top.

“Then three days later we have Hornchurch again, before a few more difficult teams. The tough games keep on coming.”

Redbridge’s winless run now stretches to five games in all competitions and threatens to ruin a good start to the season.

One thing that Ross admits he and joint boss Ricky Eaton are looking to improve in the coming weeks is the number of goals the team are conceding.

And Ross believes one of the ways that can be achieved, aside from on the training ground, can be through tactical changes.

“We have changed a few things. We started the season playing two up top, but now we might play just one,” he added.

“We will vary how we play depending on the opponents. You always need more than just plan A.”

There had been high hopes that Redbridge, who received a reprieve to stay in the league, could overachieve after their flying start.

And despite results not going as they would have liked in recent weeks, Ross is confident the Motormen can still keep themselves clear of danger.

“We have a new squad and they are still adjusting to each other and how we like to play as a team,” he added.

“We always knew it would be a hard season for us too because it is hard to compete with teams who have bigger budgets.

“Dereham are closer to our level so hopefully we can break our bad run with a win.”

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