Ilford assistant Billy Cove confident ahead of Sawbridgeworth clash

PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 August 2017

Ilford assistant manager Billy Cove (front) with manager Allan Fenn (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford assistant manager Billy Cove (front) with manager Allan Fenn (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford assistant manager Billy Cove is confident ahead of their Essex Senior League clash against Sawbridgeworth Town this weekend.

The Foxes host the Hertfordshire-based club on Saturday at Cricklefield Stadium and will be hoping to get back to winning ways.

“We’re always confident,” Cove said.

“We just want to cascade that down to the players as then we can set this league a light if we’re confident.

“We’re still growing, we’re a young team, but once it grows I don’t really fear anyone in this league.”

The assistant admits they know what to expect from the opposition, but at the same time they can’t put all their focus on them, as they still need to play their own game.

“They have had a mixed start to the season like we have,” he said.

“We know what they’re about as we have a lot of history with them.

“We like to focus on our own preparation and motivate ourselves to go out and win the game.”

Cove also believes a return to the league action after two FA Cup matches is exactly what they need.

“It will be a totally different game in the league as that’s our bread and butter, as we want to try getting out of this league and pushing Ilford as far we can.”

Ilford crashed out of the FA Cup with a 5-2 defeat against Eastern Counties League Division One outfit Haverhill Borough and Cove admits it wasn’t good enough.

“It was probably one of my worst nights in football if I’m honest, I feel totally dejected after that.

“If players can not raise their game for The FA Cup, there is something wrong.

“That’s four midweek games now, and we’ve lost all four, conceding 19 goals.

“We have so much talent running through this squad, but if it doesn’t go hand in hand with determination, passion, commitment and hard work, talent goes out of the window.”

Cove also wanted to apologise to everyone involved at the club for their poor performance.

“I personally want to apologise to the chairman and the committee who work tirelessly behind the scenes, the supporters who made the long trip and had to witness that.”

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