Ilford striker Adelani says they didn’t work hard enough in Bengal defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 November 2018

Yemi Adelani of Ilford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Yemi Adelani of Ilford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford striker Yemi Adelani feels the work rate wasn’t there as his side fell to a heavy 4-1 defeat against in-form Sporting Bengal United.

A brace from Jason Ngandu and a solo effort from Bobby Redwood as well as an own goal from Leon Docaj was enough to seal the three points for the Mile End-based outfit at Cricklefield Stadium.

“We didn’t come out to the races in the first-half; we were just making silly mistakes from the back, set piece to give them a cheap goal early on,” Adelani told Ilford FC.

“Other than that we didn’t match the work rate, we didn’t turn up.

“It was a tough game from both sides in the first-half and in the second-half we just didn’t come out at all.

“It’s a shame to lose at home, especially with the current form we’ve been in; we’ve been drawing and winning most games.

“We just thought the game would have been an extra three points to give us confidence.”

Bengal piled the pressure on in the early stages of the match and ended up breaking as the deadlock as the Foxes Docaj accidentally put it into his own net.

The Foxes then netted an equaliser before Lamaar Douglas was sent off and the hosts found themselves down to 10-men.

Jason Ngandu then netted two before half-time to give his side a 3-1 lead heading into the break.

Bobby Redwood then cemented the win as he rounded the Ilford goalkeeper Hugo Rossetti to score Bengal’s fourth of the game.

The Foxes now have a weekend off and don’t return to action until they face a trip away to Stanway Rovers on Wednesday, November, 14.

And Adelani insists they continue working hard every game for everyone involved at the club including manager Martin Haywood.

“That’s the aim for every game really, win, lose or draw you’ve got to put in 100 per cent for the team, the gaffer especially, and the club as well.

“The club is growing in stature at the moment so we’ve got to replicate that on the pitch.

“We have to dig deep and wait for the next fixture then go again from there.”

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