Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal United deserved win at Redbridge insists boss Imrul Gazi

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 December 2016

Sporting Bengal boss Imrul Gazi (pic Sporting Bengal)

Sporting Bengal boss Imrul Gazi (pic Sporting Bengal)


Mile End Stadium outfit recorded first success in the division since October 12, although were two goals behind at Oakside

Sporting Bengal United boss Imrul Gazi admitted it felt brilliant to move off the bottom of the Essex Senior League table last night.

The Mile End Stadium outfit trailed by two goals at Redbridge, yet produced a fine response to claim a 3-2 victory.

Goals from Bobby Redwood, Sergio Garcia and David Vaughan helped Bengal rise one place to 21st in the table.

“It was a brilliant feeling after the match and amazing to be off the bottom of the table now,” said Gazi.

“We have six games in hand over Haringey & Waltham, although they seem to have picked up form.

“Saturday is so important for us now and we just need to get a positive result against Hullbridge Sports.

“We really are taking it one game at a time. We need to think like that and hopefully it can help us move up the table.”

Before the match Bengal were without a win for two months, though Gazi was confident before kick-off.

Redbridge started strongly, however, and were soon two up before Redwood and Garcia netted before half time.

Vaughan popped up with the only goal of the second half to hand Bengal a first victory since October 12.

Gazi added: “I did say to Steve Alison if we don’t win tonight we are in trouble because we were the strongest we have been for a while.

“The balance of the team was perfect and I have a lot of good players that are not available at weekends due to work.

“We were two down after 20 minutes, but we showed so much character to comeback and win. I think I know now how we need to play because initially I tried to get us producing good football.

“I did give a lot of opportunities to players, but we need results now and the team last night had lots of experience in this league.”

Spirits in the Bengal camp will be high ahead of Saturday’s match with Hullbridge at Mile End.

Once again the east Londoners will be the underdogs with their Essex rivals currently on a four-match winning streak.

All boss Gazi is looking for from his squad is more of the endeavour they showed against Redbridge.

He added: “We genuinely deserved to win last night and in games like that we are always going to be underdogs.

“But I feel if we do match teams for heart and effort then our technical quality will shine through.

“I always keep a note of how many chances we create and second half we made 10 good opportunities. Our problem has been finding the net and I’m just pleased we got the reward we deserved at Redbridge.”

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