Fenn: Ilford were ‘poor’ but what a difference a year makes!

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 October 2015

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives out instructions (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives out instructions (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Cricklefield outfit manager reflects on state of the club now compared to this time in 2014 when they had just suffered two heavy defeats

Ilford manager Allan Fenn admitted his side performed poorly in the Essex Senior League Challenge Cup last night (Wednesday) against London Bari, but was delighted to see them progress.

The Foxes boss also discussed what happened to the Cricklefield outfit this time last year just a few months after his appointment in the summer of 2014.

He is delighted with how things are going and beating Bari 2-1 contributed towards his positivity.

Tony Da Silva opened the scoring for Ilford, but Andy Greenslade equalised in the second half and the match was set for penalties.

That was until the Foxes were awarded a late spot kick and Glen Warwick made no mistake to send them through to the second round.

Fenn said: “It is the fourth time we have played London Bari since I have taken the job and we have won three and drawn one, but every game has been difficult.

“They play with a lot of place, a lot of endeavour and enthusiasm and they were unlucky last night.

“It would have gone straight to penalties had it stayed 1-1. Glen has got a good shot on him, he is a confident player and we had every faith in him to take it.

“To be honest, though, we didn’t play well, I could dress it up, but we just didn’t. But if I put it into context - this time last year we had just lost 7-1 to Haringey Borough and 5-1 to Sawbridgeworth Town.

“We were also out of all the cups, but this season we are basically in all of them still and we want to progress further so things are looking good.”

Ilford switch their concentration back to the Essex Senior League now and have a short trip to Waltham Forest to prepare for – their 12th fixture of the campaign.

They are currently sixth in the table and their opposition on Saturday are lurking near the bottom in 20th position.

Fenn doesn’t have the best of records against Forest, however, but wants to put that right this weekend.

He added: “We have had Waltham Forest watched twice and we very much believe they are in a false position. They have got some good players and they try to play football too.

“I have got a horrendous record over there as a player and a manager as well. I never seem to win and I don’t think I have even drawn a match.

“I do normally try to keep that quiet, but sod it I might as well tell the whole world because we want a result this time. We have Ajay Ashnike back and Karolis Atutis plus a few others as well so four or five other people that didn’t feature against Bari.

“We totally know this league and understand if we don’t turn up on the day and apply ourselves correctly and in the right way, we will get turned over, but I have every confidence in my players ahead of going there.”

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