Frustration for Ilford boss Fenn
PUBLISHED: 10:32 04 September 2014
Essex Senior Cup: Ilford 0 Hullbridge 2
Ilford manager Allan Fenn was frustrated, once again, with his side’s defending following their Essex Senior Cup defeat to Hullbridge last night.
It was a case of déjà vu for the Foxes as for the second consecutive Wednesday, they went down 2-0 at Cricklefield to Hulllbridge – after losing by the same scoreline in the Essex Senior League last week.
A first-half goal from Harry Skinner and a late second from Matt Brinklow earned Ilford’s league rivals the win and a home tie against Wivenhoe and Fenn was extremely disappointed with the defending by his team.
“We aren’t defending well as a team, individually people are defending well but as a team we aren’t,” he said.
“The concern I have got now is that we have conceded 14 goals in seven games, so two a game, and that is not good enough.
“We gave a free kick away last night, a silly free kick and they have scored from it. It is so avoidable.
“But Hullbridge were the better side to their credit and they are a really good young team.”
Hullbridge dominated the first period, according to Fenn, and went in at the break one goal up after Skinner’s 16th-minute effort.
The Foxes manager changed the system at half-time and, despite Brinklow confirming the defeat with a late second for the visitors, the Ilford boss saw a positive response, but was just annoyed his players didn’t gamble more.
Fenn added: “First half we were disappointed. We were second to the ball, we tried a new system and a few new players, but it didn’t work.
“We changed it at half time. We had no clear chances in the second half, but my left-back Sampson King went to left midfield and caused them all sorts of problems.
“He put in some fantastic crosses, but no one gambled and that is down to them not trusting each other. They are thinking ‘oh he won’t beat his man so I won’t gamble’.”
Fenn was pleased with the cameo appearance from new signing Kendall Allan, though, and will be looking to start him in Ilford’s next league match, at home to Newham on September 13.
“Kendall came on for 30 minutes. I was going to start him, but he didn’t come training on Tuesday,” he added.
“He did really well when he came on, though, so he will be important for us.”
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