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Ilford show ‘lack of fight’ in Clapton defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 August 2017

Ilford against Clapton at Cricklefield Stadium (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Ilford against Clapton at Cricklefield Stadium (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Ilford manager Allan Fenn believes his side showed a ‘lack of fight’ in their 4-1 defeat at home to Clapton last night.

The Foxes were brought down a peg after winning 5-0 on the opening day of the season as a Jeffrey Cobblah hat-trick and a Ryan Reed led the Tons to a comfortable win at Cricklefield Stadium.

The boss was ‘hugely disappointed’ with the performance and admits they missed their chances.

“We look a bit fragile when we go behind and the boys didn’t really show the character I thought they could and Clapton run out comfortable winners in the end, which was hugely disappointing for us all,” Fenn admitted.

“We was well in the game, I thought in the first half, I thought we created the better chances.

“They were a threat on the counter, but to concede a goal just before half time with a deflection was disappointing, then straight after half time concede another goal as well.”

The manager praised the opposition’s goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide as he kept Ilford out as they piled on the pressure to claw the game back.

“Their keeper pulled off a few good saves as well and on another day we might have gone in front,” he said.

“He’s pulled off a couple of worldies and you know we should have done better with the chances that we had simple as that.

“On another day we could have gone a couple goals up, but then that’s a different game, we didn’t take our chances and then they hit us with goal through a deflection then the second goal killed us.”

Fenn also admitted the teams lack of character has raised questions for him about the squad.

“The boys showed a lack of character for me, a lack of desire to get back into it, a lack of fight, which is the biggest disappointment for me.

“We’ve spoken about it, we’re not happy about it, none of us are happy about it.

“We want to be quite proud in what we do and you know one thing is my teams always give 100 per cent and tonight we didn’t, that’s the biggest worry and concern.

“I’ll be certainly be looking to sign two or three players in the coming days to strengthen us up because it just wasn’t good enough.”

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