Essex Senior League: Allan Fenn demands reaction from Ilford players after Basildon United defeat
PUBLISHED: 13:30 15 February 2017
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The Foxes travel to the Old Spotted Dog tonight to face London Bari and will have a slightly different squad
Ilford manager Allan Fenn expects a response from his team after suffering a painful defeat at Basildon United in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.
The Foxes took the lead through Ryan Ramsey, but the goalscorer was sent off in the first half after two bookable offences.
Bees were 3-1 up at the break and it stayed that way, so Ilford will seek to hit back at London Bari tonight.
“On Saturday, first and foremost Basildon deserved their win and good luck to them. I really mean that,” said Fenn.
“They have some good players over there and I really do wish them well for the rest of the season.
“However, the referee made some bad decisions, he didn’t protect us and I’ve got a player in hospital because of it. I have another with an ankle injury because of a tackle which was over the ball.
“To pick up eight or nine cards and see them receive one tells its own story. We are disappointed with that, but we are looking to bounce back.
Ilford defender Luke McLeavy suffered ankle ligament damage at Stuart Bingham Stadium, but it was initially feared he may have suffered a fracture.
What left Fenn furious on Saturday was the lack of respect shown towards himself and his coaching staff.
And due to that, the Foxes have allowed four players depart this week as they target a strong finish to the campaign.
Fenn added: “There was no respect shown to my assistant Matty West and me in the dressing room on Saturday.
“That is something I can’t let happen, so I’ve released Wale Odedoyin, Ajay Ashnike and Steve Solarin.
“I’ve also sent Liam Whipps back to Witham Town because he is only young, 18, so I don’t want him to experience that again.
“To be honest I was completely embarrassed by our ill-discipline. We had been working so hard on it and it went completely out the window.
“We let the referee affect us and the opposition deserved to win. However, we played right into their hands and lost our discipline completely and that can’t happen.”
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