Ilford boss Fenn hoping for payback against Greenhouse London

PUBLISHED: 14:30 18 December 2014

Ilford manager Allan Fenn. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Ilford manager Allan Fenn. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Foxes chief eager to make amends for horror defeat.

Ilford boss Allan Fenn insists his side is keen to put things right in Saturday’s scheduled Essex Senior League game at Greenhouse London.

The Foxes lost 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Cricklefield earlier this month in what Fenn called their ‘worst performance’ since his return to the Ilford dugout this summer.

And though Fenn is doubtful the game will go ahead with Greenhouse’s Coles Park ground notoriously susceptible to the inclement weather, he knows his team will be up for payback.

“The boys and I cannot wait to play Greenhouse again,” said Fenn.

“We were so poor the other week against them in the reverse fixture.

“It was our worst performance since I came back and everyone is eager to put it right when we do come up against them.”

Ilford go into the fixture on the back of a 3-1 home defeat to FC Romania last weekend, where the Foxes were made to rue a poor first-half showing as they fell three goals behind.

Fenn was pleased with their second-half reaction as Carl Mullings pulled one back, but admitted the damage had already been done by the high-flying visitors.

“It was 3-0 at the break and it could have been six,” he added.

“We set up to try and stop them playing, but we didn’t.

“We changed it at the break and were a lot better in the second half.

“We won that 1-0 and had another couple cleared off the line, so we could have got something out of it, but that would have been unfair.

“Credit to Romania, though, they are the best footballing side we have come up against this season.”

Fenn has been able to strengthen his squad this week ahead of the Greenhouse game with the addition of former Romford utility man Bobby Port, as well as a young striker from Conference Premier side Braintree Town.

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