Fenn expects Ilford improvement

PUBLISHED: 09:39 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:39 04 March 2015

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ilford “away” to Newham at Cricklefields

Ilford boss Allan Fenn says he is looking for his side to give a better performance when they play Newham.

The Foxes drew their last game against Eton Manor 2-2, Fenn believing his side were “fortunate to draw”.

Nine players were missing from that match and the Ilford manager feels their return will boost his side’s chances agaisnt Newham.

“I’ve got key players returning (against Newham) and we know our last game wasn’t good enough. We know we’re a lot better and we’re looking to show that against Newham,” said Fenn.

“We played them in September and we lost 3-0 at home. We had a player sent off after 15 minutes and they were better on the day. We couldn’t cope with the extra man.

“To their credit, they have got no home ground but they are in the top half. They are a good footballing side.”

Newham are in a unique position in that they currently do not have a designated home ground.

Their “home” fixture with the Foxes takes place at Cricklefield Stadium, the home of Ilford FC, and Fenn is worried about the state of the pitch at this time of year.

“The pitch has had three games in three days but it is a good way of earning a little more money for the club,” he added.

“The pitch will be playabale, we have a good drainage system in place. But there’s been a lot of games played on it. It won’t be the prettiest game, that’s for sure.”

Despite concerns over the pitch, Fenn believes the game will develop into a battle in the middle of the park.

“It will be won and lost in midfield. Both teams will try to play through the middle.

“They’ve got some quick tricky wingers, so defensively we’ll have to be on top of our game.

“Our midfield will be stronger against Newham. It’s a case of whether we can create chances for our strikers.”

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