Fenn wants Ilford to cut down Forest
PUBLISHED: 16:30 11 February 2016
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Foxes boss urges team to keep focus against Essex Senior League strugglers
Ilford manager Allan Fenn says his players cannot afford to go through the motions against Essex Senior League strugglers Waltham Forest on Saturday.
The Foxes currently sit in fifth place in the table, which is the spot Fenn had targetted for them at the start of the season.
Fenn had also aimed to reach the final of a cup competition, but Ilford’s last chance of doing that ended at Basildon United in the League Cup on Tuesday.
The Foxes have 15 games left before the curtain comes down on the season, starting with a home game against the Stags this weekend.
And while Fenn says the pressure of chasing some silverware has now lifted, he hopes his team still give the same level of performance.
”It’s a double-edged sword playing without pressure, but the pressure we do have is what I create,” said Fenn.
“I demand an intensity from my players and I demand that they look after themselves properly.
“Regardless of who we are playing, be it Waltham Forest or whoever, I demand the same for every game.
“We want players to improve and while there is no pressure from the outside to do it, I would love for us to go on a good run until the end.”
Ilford shaded the earlier meeting between the sides, winning 2-1 at Wadham Lodge in October.
And while Fenn hopes for a similar result at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday, he did reveal there may be a few changes in the offing.
“When we played Forest earlier in the season, we didn’t take our chances, but we have a few chipping in with goals now,” he added.
“I’m looking to freshen things up a bit and give a few players a chance to press for a first-team spot.
“We’ll also have Danny Jones and Wale Odedoyin back, which will help us play with high energy when attacking.
“Hopefully the boys can take out their hurt and frustration from exiting the cup and the shackles will be off on Saturday.”
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