Essex Senior League: Allan Fenn expects a reaction against local rivals Redbridge after 3-0 defeat at Southend Manor
PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 October 2016
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Foxes boss was frustrated with Saturday’s showing and the performance of the officials, but is looking ahead to visit of Motormen now
Ilford manager Allan Fenn is certain he will see a reaction from his players tonight against local rivals Redbridge in the Essex Senior League.
The Foxes suffered their first defeat of the campaign on Saturday at Southend Manor going down 3-0.
Fenn spent the whole of the second half in the dressing room at the Arena after being sent off at the break.
It was an incredible frustrating afternoon for the Cricklefield club, but they’re determined to put things right when the Motormen visit this evening.
“Redbridge will give us a good game but it didn’t matter who we faced because our lads were always going to be full throttle,” said Fenn.
“We let ourselves down on Saturday at Southend Manor and after that we are desperate for a good performance.
“The boys want to show what we can do and we know we will be getting a reaction from them. I know they are keen to show me as well as themselves that it was just a little blip.”
Ilford had Harry Matthews sent off for two bookings last weekend at the Arena and the hosts were able to capitalise on their numerical advantage.
Fenn was quick to praise the performance of Saturday’s opposition, but left so upset with the officials.
He added: “I have documented it quite loudly how much I was disappointed with the referee’s performance.
“It was his first game back in 18 months and he just couldn’t handle the match and I still don’t know why I was sent off.
“Unfortunately I had to watch the second half, well I couldn’t watch it. I had to just sit in the dressing room.
“I wasn’t allowed to influence my team but in the cold light of day, I have to give credit to Southend Manor because they did a job on us.
“They used their experience and it was a really disappointing day, but I can’t comment on the second half because I didn’t see it.”
Fenn revealed he’ll be appealing his sending off from Saturday and plans on speaking to the Essex FA about the treatment Ilford are getting.
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