Ilford boss Allan Fenn expects better from his side

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 September 2017

Allan Fenn issues instructions (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Allan Fenn issues instructions (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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A depleted Ilford suffered a 2-0 defeat to Great Wakering Rovers and manager Allan Fenn expects better from his side.

The Foxes slipped to ninth-place in the Essex Senior League after two first-half goals saw them come away with nothing at Burroughs Park on Saturday.

Fenn’s men went into the clash without Jonah Gregory, Karolis Atutis, Isaac Nkosi, Paul Oshin, Sherwin Stanley, Jamie Hart, Harry Matthews, Glen Warwick, Paul Clayton and a few others due to various reasons.

“First of all we were hit by the new of 12 to 13 players being out on Saturday through suspension, injuries, illness and family commitments,” he said.

“The whole spine was ripped out of the team.

“That’s not an excuse though as we looked through the side we put out and thought that was still enough.”

The manager admitted his side weren’t good enough and the Southend-based club deserved the three points.

“First-half we were poor, we defended too deeply and gave them too much space on the ball,” Fenn said.

“We had to make changes after that, change the shape and the personel and we came away with a 0-0 in the second-half and were much better.

“Great Wakering fully deserved the win though as we wasn’t at the races.”

Fenn also revealed his disappointment as he pin-pointed this week as massively important for his side.

“I’m deeply disappointed because as I said before this was an important week for us.

“It’s disappointing as we have done so well recently and it’s the first time we haven’t scored in a game this season as well.”

Ilford will travel to face local rivals Redbridge tomorrow evening.


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