Foxes fight to Newham win
PUBLISHED: 12:20 05 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:20 05 March 2015
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Essex Senior League: Newham United 1 Ilford 2
Ilford manager Allan Fenn was pleased his side were able to battle back in their gritty match with Newham United to win 2-1.
The Foxes were outmuscled in the first-half and went into the break 1-0 down.
Goals from Sam Bubb and Tommy Oliver in a second-half that also saw both sides have a man sent off turned it around for the visitors.
And Fenn was pleased his came away with three points after a bruising opening 45 minutes.
“We got bullied in the first-half. They were physically stronger. They were aggressive and left a few of our players in a heap after challenges,” said Fenn.
“We couldn’t cope. We said a few things to the lads when they came in at half-time and tweaked a few things which worked.
“In the second-half, Chris Stevens made a challenge on their captain. After a bit of a melee, both players were sent off. We responded better to the red card than they did.
“We went on to win the game and were worthy winners, but in the first-half we could not compete.”
One of Fenn’s tactical changes at half-time was to bring on Bubb for Justas Paulilas.
Bubb levelled the match for the Foxes and his manager was pleased with his performance after a tough time in his last match.
“I thought he (Sam) was awful against Eton Manor. I gave him a kick up the bum and put him on the bench,” added Fenn.
“He came on (against Newham) and he as a threat and strong in the tackle. He was vocally louder too. He got our equaliser, so it was a change that went well.”
Centre-back Oliver won the match for Ilford in the 85th minute, nodding home a Chris Lockwood corner to the delight of Fenn.
“It’s Tommy’s second goal in as many games. We’ve scored four set pieces in two games now.
“Credit to Chris with his delivery. He’s a brilliant footballer and his delivery has been magnificent all season.”
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