Fenn refuses to criticise Ilford players despite Enfield defeat

PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 January 2016

Allan Fenn, manager of Ilford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Allan Fenn, manager of Ilford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Foxes manager upset to lose at E’s, but says players have been brilliant over past few weeks

Ilford boss Allan Fenn says he has already seen a response from his players following a frustrating 3-2 defeat away to Essex Senior League strugglers Enfield.

The Foxes went behind at Barrow Farm to a goal from Ashley Blackburn, but hit back to lead through Luke Thomas and Glen Warwick.

But Blackburn struck twice more to secure an unlikely win for the E’s, and Fenn was angry that Ilford failed to see off a team who earned just their fifth success of the season.

“It was a disappointing result. We were missing some key players, but that is no excuse as the team we put out was good enough to win,” said Fenn.

“We defended badly and we missed a lot of chances, but I’m not going to slaughter the players because they’ve done well for me over the past few weeks.

“I’ve already seen a reaction and a desire to put things right from them in training, I just feel sorry for whoever we play next.”

Ilford had in fact led up until the 85th minute and looked on course for a third win in succession to keep alive their slim hopes of winning the title this season.

But Blackburn completed his hat trick to dent the Foxes’ bid and Fenn believes both of the Enfield player’s late goals were easily preventable.

“We shouldn’t have lost, we fought back from a goal down to lead 2-1 with five minutes to go, but we made bad mistakes at the back which led to both of their goals,” added Fenn.

“Even when it was 2-2, we had chances to score another goal so I don’t think we deserved to lose, but we did.”

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