Ilford ‘were a bit nervy’

PUBLISHED: 12:45 04 February 2013

Ilford manager Kevin Lucas (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Kevin Lucas (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boss Lucas looks back on Heybridge defeat

Ilford boss Kevin Lucas was in philosophical mood after his side’s Ryman One North defeat at high-flying Heybridge.

Reece Morgan headed the hosts in front after just five minutes at Scraley Road, with Russell Malton adding a brace to make it 3-0 with barely half an hour gone.

But the Foxes, derby winners against Redbridge in midweek, worked hard to ensure they suffered no further punishment and Lucas felt vindicated.

He said: “The first half was a case of self-destruct. But we had to make five changes to the team from Wednesday, due to injury and others being away, including two at centre-back and two on the wings.

“It probably showed. We were a bit nervy and there was some uncertainty and when it went 2-0 so early, I said ‘lets change our shape’.

“I’m stubborn and we went 4-5-1. Some teams would’ve thought we would get walloped.

“If we didn’t change things, maybe we would have. Heybridge have scored 70-odd goals this season. They’re a sharp side.”

Ilford looked better organised in the second half and had two good penalty claims turned down.

Harry Sintim and Warren Mfulu both felt they had been fouled in the box and Lucas added: “Some of our players hadn’t played for a few weeks and that told in the first half, but then they settled.

“Everyone in the stands thought the first one was a penalty. Their fans were saying it was a penalty if ever they had seen one, but that’s what happens.

“Then their player went through the back of Warren for the other one. It could’ve been 3-2, but they had chances as well to score more.”

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