Ilford ‘tired and complacent’ says boss
PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 July 2015
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Fenn reflects on latest pre-season loss
Ilford manager Allan Fenn says that complacency and fatigue were to blame for his side’s pre-season defeat to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts on Saturday.
The 3-0 loss means that have now failed to score in their last three matches following a 0-0 draw against Enfield Town in their previous game and another heavy defeat to Hornchurch last Saturday.
“My players seemed to take their foot off the pedal.” said Fenn.
“We’ve played some very good sides during pre-season and we’ve been working really hard with training sessions between all our matches.
“It was our fourth game in 10 days so the players are mentally and physically jaded and it certainly showed against a decent side on Saturday.”
Essex Olympian League Swifts showed plenty of attacking intent, but according to Fenn, the main aim of his side’s friendlies is to make sure he has a squad full of physically fit players for Ilford’s opener in the Essex Senior League against Barking on August 8.
“It would be ideal to have 18 players who are all in physically good shape and playing well once the first game of the season comes. That’s what pre-season is all about, conditioning the players,” added Fenn.
“We’ve been training for months now and we went back [into training] a week earlier than most teams. We’ve had a few get-togethers on the pitch as well as off the pitch.”
Foxes supporters will be hoping that their side returns to winning ways against Debden Sports tomorrow (Tuesday) for a fixture that was subsequently arranged after their scheduled game against Redbridge was cancelled.
Fenn added: “They’re a good little club from Loughton and have already beaten some of the teams we have in our league.
“We’ve got no new injuries and I’m going to give games to a couple of players who didn’t play on Saturday.”
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