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Fenn believes Ilford lacked courage

PUBLISHED: 13:30 01 September 2015

Action fron the cup game between Ilford and Stanway Rovers

Action fron the cup game between Ilford and Stanway Rovers

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Foxes boss upset by display in FA Cup defeat against Stanway

Action fron the cup game between Ilford and Stanway RoversAction fron the cup game between Ilford and Stanway Rovers

Ilford manager Allan Fenn believes the team’s chances of progressing in the FA Cup were hit by a number of players being unavailable for the match against Stanway Rovers.

The Foxes were without several key players for the fixture at Cricklefields Stadium but still harboured hopes of making it to the first qualifying round.

Action fron the cup game between Ilford and Stanway RoversAction fron the cup game between Ilford and Stanway Rovers

It was Rovers, though, who came out on top, winning 2-0 to knock Ilford out of the competition and leaving Fenn to rue what might have been had he had a full squad at his disposal.

“We were missing key players and our preparation was bad but we can’t use excuses,” said Fenn.

Action fron the cup game between Ilford and Stanway RoversAction fron the cup game between Ilford and Stanway Rovers

“We lacked courage and our passing was poor. We didn’t play well but fair play to Stanway who were deserved winners.”

“The lads who came in, their fitness levels were not where we wanted them to be but we have players to come back.”

It was expected the encounter on Saturday would be evenly matched, with Ilford and Stanway plying their trades in equivalent leagues on the English football pyramid.

And Fenn believes it would have been a different result had the Foxes not been without the likes of top goalscroer Carl Mullings and captain Chris Lockwood.

“If we had a full team, then i think we could have beaten them,” added Fenn. “They are a good Eastern Counties side who have a few ex-professionals but I would have had belief in my team to win.

“We can cause probelms for anyone, as we’ve shown already against Barking and Bowers, but I know we can still play a lot better.

“But against Stanway, we were missing key players from the spine of our team and it ultimately showed.”


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