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Redhead: Keep the faith
9:18am Wednesday 13th February 2013 in Sport
MANAGER Simon Redhead has told his Redditch United players to keep the faith and not let Saturday’s 3-0 loss at St Albans knock their confidence.
The relegation-battling Reds had more than matched the play-off chasers in their own backyard and had chances to take the lead, before they were shot down by three second-half strikes.
That defeat derailed the momentum they had generated after their 1-0 win over St Neots and their impressive 2-1 victory at Kidderminster Harriers, which booked their place in the Worcestershire Senior Cup final.
With last night’s home clash against relegation rivals Hitchin postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, they have a chance to bounce back at out-of-form Chippenham Town on Saturday (3pm ko), followed by a home clash against Banbury United next Tuesday (7.45pm).
Redhead said: “There were lots of positives to take out of the defeat to St Albans.
“It was a classic case that it was vital we scored first.
“We matched them in every department and hit the woodwork in the first-half and for the 15 minutes in the second we were giving it a good go.
“But St Albans made a few changes and hit us on the break.
“You would look at the scoreline and think it was a one-sided match but it was much closer.
“It’s important the players don’t lose heart and keep the faith because if we play like we did against St Neots and Kidderminster we will get out of this situation.”
United certainly gave themselves a boost last week as they deservedly saw off a strong Harriers first team.
They were trailing to an unfortunate own goal from Bradley Catlow but substitute Leavi Oshungbure levelled the scores, before defender Callum Flanagan capped a fine display with a late winner at the Blue Square Bet Premier high-flyers.
They now face holders Stourbridge in the final, which has yet to have a date set.
Redhead added: “It’s great to reach a final but it will mean nothing if we get relegated.”