Ilford boss Allan Fenn convinced the Foxes will become stronger

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 September 2017

Ilford manager Allan Fenn with assistant Billy Cove (behind) in the dug out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn with assistant Billy Cove (behind) in the dug out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford manager Allan Fenn saw his side claim all three pointsat home to Stansted with a 2-0 win on Saturday.

The game was very open in the first half, with both sides threatening to break the deadlock early on.

After soaking in a period of sustained pressure from the visitors, Ilford managed to take the lead in the 25th minute through captain Chris Lockwood’s delicate lob inside the box.

The hosts ended the half on the front foot and largely dominated the second half.

Aaron Wickham extended Ilford’s lead in the 58th minute with a low drilled strike in the box, after receiving a neat pull back from Sam Baffour.

Once the Airportmen conceded the second goal they never really got off the ground and spent much of the half defending, leaving Ilford to cruise to victory.

“First half we were sketchy, we didn’t pass the ball as well as we can,” Fenn said.

“We lost our shape when we didn’t have the ball.

“We got a good goal but we knew we were a little bit fortunate at half time to come in winning 1-0.

“Half time was where we did our work, we sorted out the back three and we sorted the defensive players in front of them. We had a better shape about us second half.

“They didn’t threaten us - we were more disciplined and we got more organised as the game went on and it could’ve been a couple more at the end of the day.”

The result against Stansted ensured the Foxes returned to winning ways and ahead of Saturday’s FA Vase game against Cornard United, Fenn was optimistic about his side’s prospects for the rest of the season.

“We’ve got a very strong side, physically, experience wise,” he admitted.

“We’ve got a good mix of youth and experience.

“It’s a case of making this team hard to beat. Hopefully we’ll win more than we lose.

“As the season gets on we’ll be stronger.

“We’re looking good, it’s just a case of keep making sure we’re on the front foot.

“Don’t get complacent, make sure we’re up for every game and we should be okay.”

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