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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Ilford manager Kevin Lucas is set make new signings as his side bid to avoid the drop.
Ilford boss Kevin Lucas has vowed to ring the changes following the club’s 10th consecutive defeat last weekend at Aveley.
The Foxes lost 3-0 to the Ryman One North’s second-placed side at Mill Field, after goals from Petrit Elbi, Shane Oakley and Jordan Cox saw Ilford’s miserable winless run extended to 20 games.
But Lucas is fed up with giving his players the same dressing down every week and has promised to oversee a number of changes to his squad.
“All the goals we conceded on Saturday were of our own undoing, though the one just before half-time was a great shot,” he said.
“Aveley had plenty of other chances too, so had we got something out of the game we would have been lucky.
“I have kept saying the same things to the players and it doesn’t appear to register with some of them.
“Now is the time for change. I have been addressing it throughout the week and we will see new faces in the team on Saturday.”
Foxes left-back Tony Dawkins was on the receiving end of a poor tackle from Millers striker Jordan Cox, which resulted in a yellow card and the Cricklefield chief deemed the tackle unnecessary.
“The challenge wasn’t needed, he wasn’t going anywhere with the ball,” added Lucas.
“It’s up to the referee to make the right call at the end of the day, but the challenge wasn’t required.”
This weekend Ilford take on fourth-placed Heybridge Swifts who shipped eight in a loss to Soham Town Rangers last Saturday.
However, Lucas admits his only concern is his side’s own record, having conceded 53 goals and scored just 10 in all competitions this season.
“We could receive a backlash or it could knock their confidence, but I just need to focus on what we are doing wrong and try to get ourselves improving,” said the Foxes chief.
“We have some good players here and we have a good chairman in Roger Chilvers. I am not fretting and we will keep on working to improve and I am sure we will start to pick up results.”