Ilford boss Cove keen to get back in action against Sporting Bengal

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 March 2018

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 joint-manager Billy Cove is keen to get back out on the pitch and put things right against Sporting Bengal United this weekend.

The Foxes welcome the Mile End-based outfit to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to get back to winning ways after crashing out of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy semi-final with a 4-0 defeat to FC Romania.

“It’ll be good to get back out on the pitch and try to put things right after our loss to Romania,” Cove said.

“Our last two games have fallen foul to the weather, so we’re really hoping it stays dry for the remainder of the week, and we can get this game on.”

Imrul Gazi’s men sit just two points above the relegation zone and Cove admits he’s sure they’ll be desperate to cause an upset and nick the points.

“They are down amongst the relegation dog fight, so we’re sure they will come here all guns blazing and try to cause an upset,” he added.

“They were set up very well and were hard to break down when we last played them.

“Imzz is a passionate manager like ‘Fenny’ and I, so we know that he would have prepared them very well.”

Cove revealed he doesn’t know too much about the Bengal squad but remembers a few of their players being dangerous when they nicked a 2-1 victory at the Mile End Stadium earlier this season.

He said: “I don’t remember a lot to be honest, however I was very surprised when we played them at their place not too long ago.

“I am absolutely useless with names, so forgive me, but I liked their big centre-back, he was a proper old-fashioned no-nonsense sort of player, which I like.

“They also had a guy that played the number 10 role really well, so we’ll need to keep an eye on him.”

The former striker also wants his squad to improve on their last performance.

“We will be hoping for a vast improvement on our last game, because that performance was totally unacceptable, and the players are aware of that,” he said.

“We will be looking for a similar if not better performance as the one against Southend Manor two weeks ago.”

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