Fenn praises Ilford mindset after Sawbridgeworth win

PUBLISHED: 17:30 26 January 2016

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

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

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Foxes boss believes approach to Robins match helped team triumph

With Ilford’s match at Bowers & Pitsea tonight falling foul of the wet weather, manager Allan Fenn had more time to savour Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sawbridgeworth Town in the Essex Senior League.

The Foxes had been out of league action for two weeks, but showed little signs of rustiness as they took a 15th minute lead through Carl Mullings.

Ilford pressed on in search of a second to seal the victory, but thankfully it was not needed as they held on for a fourth win in their last five matches.

And Fenn attributed the team’s latest success to approaching the match with the right mental state having collected good results against the Robins previously in the campaign.

“We were confident pre-match having had two wins over them earlier this season, but they are a good side who are third in the table on merit,” said Fenn.

“We knew it would be a tough game, but we were in a good frame on mind believing we could beat Sawbridgeworth.”

Fenn admitted Ilford had been frustrated in waiting two weeks for a league fixture since losing at league strugglers Enfield on January 9.

The Foxes boss was bitterly disappointed with his sides showing in that match and called for a response, something which he believes he saw against Sawbridgeworth.

“We had a friendly last week which blew out the cobwebs, but there is nothing like playing a competitive match,” added Fenn.

“I told the players to use the feeling they had after the Enfield game to spur them on against Sawbridgeworth and they were all itching to play.

“It was a good, physical game and we had chances to make it more than 1-0, but despite Carl scoring I think our man of the match was Chris Clark in goal.

“His handling, distribution and communication were all good. It was a great day all round, winning with a clean sheet so the confidence is definitely back.”

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