Ilfor boss Lucas looks to reproduce Grays performance against rivals Redbridge

Lucas felt his side failed to produce in last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Harlow Town.

Boss Kevin Lucas has questioned Ilford’s mindset following their 3-0 capitulation against Harlow Town in their league match on Saturday.

The heavy defeat, that saw Lucas’ men trail for the bulk of the match after conceding in the seventh minute, followed hard on the heels of a tremendous display against high-flying Grays, though they ultimately lost 2-1 in an enthralling encounter.

The brace of defeats extends the Foxes losing run to seven in a row ahead of their clash with relegation rivals Redbridge.

And Lucas believes Saturday’s match offers his men the chance to get their season back on track – provided they do not lose focus on the task in hand.

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“I will be saying the same to my players on Saturday as the Redbridge manager will be to his – ‘this is a winnable game’,” Lucas said.

“I honestly believe the performance against Grays shows what we can do against the top sides. If we show up [against Redbridge] we will get the points.

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“It was amazing the difference between the performances against Grays and Harlow. They were superb against Grays, but didn’t show up against Harlow.

“It is not about their ability, it is their mindset. We need consistency. We play the top teams and only get beaten by the odd goal, but then don’t show up against the lower ones.

“We can play better than we have been and it is all about the mindset. We have shown we can do it and must not panic.

“I do believe my players can get the three points and we can go on from there. It is a case of holding tight and keeping calm.”

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