Colin Walton fumes as Ilford ship six

PUBLISHED: 13:52 11 November 2010

Ilford's Wayne Grant

Ilford's Wayne Grant


Foxes boss frustrated by heavy defeat to Waltham Abbey

COLIN WALTON read the riot act to his men after Tuesday night’s 6-2 defeat at Waltham Abbey in the hope he gets a reaction this weekend.

The Foxes were 2-0 up at half time before conceding six goals in the second period as they fell to their seventh defeat on the spin.

Walton put the latest defeat down to individual errors and believes their poor form needs to come to an end fast, with the free-scoring AFC Sudbury arriving at Cricklefield at the weekend.

The Yellows have scored 16 goals in their last four games with Rhys Darg netting two hat-tricks in three games and the Foxes boss hopes it is not a repeat of Tuesday night.

“Pape (Diagne) didn’t have much protection from the rest of his defence and we were continually exposed,” he said.

“To concede three penalties as well is poor and these individual errors cost us badly.

“The performance was not fair on me or the chairman and the team needs to start again and regroup otherwise on Saturday it could be a similar story. They have been scoring goals for fun lately and there is a definite need for a vast improvement.”

The only positives for the Cricklefield outift to take from the heavy loss was the two goals they scored, but the former Clapton manager felt they failed to kill the Abbotts off when they had the chance.

“Both sides were poor in the first half, we were just marginally better,” said Walton.

“They had chances and I warned the lads at half time they would get back into it.

“We haven’t scored many recently, so at least it is an improvement in that respect, but we still missed a few chances.”

The Foxes boss will hope the signing of former Redbridge frontman Wayne Grant will play a part in a much-needed revival going straight into the squad to face Sudbury.

“Wayne (pictured above, right) will bring a little bit of experience in the striker department,” he said.

“It is probably what we need at this moment in time and he has a proven record at the likes of Wingate & Finchley and Fisher.”

Coupled with the loss on Tuesday, Walton’s team conceded two minutes from time on Saturday to lose 1-0 at home to Maldon & Tiptree and admits it was a bitter pill to swallow.

“I would have been happy with a draw at the weekend,” said Walton. “But to concede so late on really puts us under pressure. We need to start performing again.”

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