Ilford boss Allan Fenn wants a response against rivals Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 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 wants his side to respond against neighbours Redbridge this evening.

The Foxes travel the short distance to Redbridge in a bid to end their winning run at Oakside (7.45pm kick-off).

Fenn will be hoping to have some of his squad back after missing 12 players in their 2-0 defeat to Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday.

“I want my players to respond,” he said.

“They really let themselves down on Saturday as we started slow and got punished.

“That’s the thing about football though we can’t dwell on it, we know what the problems were and we have to address them.”

The manager believes it will be a heated match against their rivals as they have a lot of history with each other.

“We will go into it with renewed hope,” Fenn admitted.

“The derby definitely raises the temperature of the game a bit and also as there is a bit history between myself and Redbridge.

“I have managed and captained them myself so I have a fair bit of history with them.

“We also have a lot of players who have played there as well.”

The boss also heaped praise on Redbridge’s top goal-scorer Calvin Poku and how the club is doing this season.

“They have some real good players like Calvin Poku in their line-up and the management have done a good job at the club.

“There doing well and I know they will be up there at the end of the season.”

Fenn also revealed he will be making changes to his line-up for the clash with the likes of Jonah Gregory, Paul Oshin, Isaac Nkosi, Jamie Hart, Sherwin Stanley and Karolis Atutis all expected to be back in contention.

“I will be making some changes from Saturday’s game.

“Jonah is back, Paul should be back, Isaac, Jamie Hart and Sherwin Stanley are also all back in the frame.

“We’re hoping Karolis will be back from Lithuania in time as well.”

He also admitted his side missed them key figures in their last match.

“If you look at all those players, they’re all six foot and physical, which we missed on Saturday.”

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