Ilford deserved win but boss Haywood praised Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 October 2018

Ilford manager Martin Haywood on the touchline at Cricklefield Stadium (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Martin Haywood on the touchline at Cricklefield Stadium (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford manager Martin Haywood feels his side deserved to walk away 2-0 winners but did praise struggling Tower Hamlets for their efforts.

Callum Maltese of Ilford in action against Walthamstow (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Callum Maltese of Ilford in action against Walthamstow (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Two first-half goals from Lion Docaj and Callum Maltese sealed the three points to move them up to eighth in the Essex Senior League at Cricklefield Stadium.

The former Waltham Abbey reserves boss admits if Hamlets took their chances they would not be sitting second from bottom.

“I think we were dominant in the first-half definitely, and I think we could have even scored a few more goals,” Haywood said.

“I don’t think their position in the league represents what a decent side they are, as if they take their chances a bit better, then I think they’d be a little bit further up the league.”

He believed his side got away from their game plan in the second-half which allowed Hamlets to create a bundle of chances late on.

“Second-half I think we got sucked into playing their game rather than sticking to our principles, playing our one or two touch, getting into the midfield then out to our targets left and right.

“We didn’t take our chances and we’ve done that in a few games now, the difference today compared to Walthamstow last Saturday where I thought we were well in the game and should have got something out of it, is we managed it better.

“In the last five minutes when they pushed four up front, obviously looking for the long ball to try feed off something or looking for a mistake with the conditions of the pitch, but I thought we grounded it out.

“In the end I thought we got what we deserved.”

Haywood, who returned to the club in the summer, after a few seasons at Waltham Abbey says the goal in the 43rd minute from Maltese was vital and changed the match.

“What I was saying to Lamarr Douglas on the sidelines is if we can just nick another one now just before half-time that puts a whole lot of pressure on them for the second-half.

“It’s going to change their formation, which it did, they almost went two at the back and pushed their full-backs right on.

“It opened up a lot of space, but we didn’t capitalise on it, we should have done more than we did.

“We got a bit lazy and complacent.”

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