Clapton assistant Wayne Seal pleased with commitment in Redbridge defeat
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 November 2017
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Clapton assistant manager Wayne Seal is pleased with the team’s commitment despite their eight game winning run coming to an end with a 2-1 defeat to Redbridge.
The Tons fell short in a game where they had to play two outfield players in goal as the Motormen sealed three points and moved into top spot in the Essex Senior League.
“The only positive I can take is that the boys were committed for the whole 90 minutes,” Seal said.
“They were trying to win the game of football and I don’t think at any point they were thinking of parking the bus or anything like that, even right to the end we had chances, so we’re just disappointed.
“We started Jerry Jairette in goal because we thought we had a goalkeeper signed and it turns out he wasn’t and then he’s got injured so we had to put another player in.
“We actually played two non-goalkeepers in goal so that’s the sort of things we’re coming up against at the moment.”
Nick Loblack went in at half-time after Jairette took a knock in the 30th minute which has been confirmed as a shoulder injury that will rule him out for six weeks.
“To be fair to him he’s not a goalkeeper and he’s gone in there after volunteering at half-time and he did pull off some good saves.
“If anything he kept us from not conceding in the second-half.”
Seal now believes they need to address the goalkeeping crisis and make sure they get someone signed.
“We haven’t had much luck on that at the moment,” he said.
“Obviously we’ve lost Emannuel Olajide to Barking, which is great for him, he’s playing well and had a couple of clean sheets.
“That’s great for him but it’s left us in a bit of a predicament now, so it’s now time for Jon and I to get out there and get ourselves a goalkeeper.
“We have a few people we want to get in so it’s about getting it sorted out now.”
Winger Ryan Reed left the club to join Bostik North outfit Barking this week but was still available for the match and Seal admits it was nice to have him.
“It was nice to have him about, but it’s not going to be a permanent thing it’s something that Jon (Fowell) obviously spoke to Justin (Gardner) at Barking about getting some minutes.
“We’re thankful for that and thankful to Barking for letting us have him.”
Dual-registered striker Jay Knight who currently plays for Barking also came off the bench for the Tons and the assistant revealed he can tell why he is playing in the Bostik North.
“You can see he’s got a bit of quality about him, you can see that he is a good player and you can see why he is attracting the attention of Barking to go play for them in the Bostik.
“He had a great chance at the end and if it’s going to come to anyone you want it to come to players like that to get us back in the game.
“Same again he’s not a permanent with us, he’s someone Justin at Barking wanted to get some minutes.”
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