Spillane: ‘Redbridge is a great place to be’

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 October 2011

Redbridge striker Nathan Gordon fires his side ahead in the FA Cup tie with Dunstable Town. Picture: Paul Bennett

Redbridge striker Nathan Gordon fires his side ahead in the FA Cup tie with Dunstable Town. Picture: Paul Bennett


Redbridge boss expresses delight after FA Cup heroics.

Redbridge boss Terry Spillane believes everyone at the club deserves praise for their FA Cup heroics.

His side defeated Dunstable Town last weekend to set up a home tie with Blue Square Bet Premier side Ebbsfleet United on October 29 for a place in the first round proper of the national competition.

But Spillane knows it is a team effort that has got them to this stage.

“The credit must go to everyone, the chairman, the players, myself and everyone else involved with the club,” he said.

“It was a great weekend and that sets up another one.”

The Oakside boss had to change his plans with injuries to both Aarun Best and James Robinson in the first half, and he praised Joe Gardner, who despite missing several chances finally sealed the tie late on for Redbridge.

“We had to change our tactics with the two injuries picked up by Aarun and James, and mid-game is never easy to change, but the players kept going and in the second half we outplayed them in every department and fully deserved the win.

“Joe wasn’t happy to be on the bench, but I told him to prove me wrong and he did.

“The reaction from him and his team-mates when he scored the third was fantastic to watch and shows how the team have worked together to achieve things at this club. At the moment Redbridge is a great place to be.”

The game hinged on two decisions, one being the penalty save from Redbridge keeper Adam Rafis and then, shortly after, Dunstable went down to 10 men.

But most importantly for Spillane was the clean sheet, especially after a pre-match talk with the Dunstable Town manager.

“Their manager was very keen to tell me before the game that they hadn’t lost in so many games and scored 13 goals in their last two games and there was no way we would keep a clean sheet.

“But in the end that wasn’t the case and it was nice feeling, even though they made excuses about the state of the pitch and how poor they played.”

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