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Clapton assistant manager praises efforts in victory against Ilford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 August 2017

Clapton celebrate their 4-1 victory against Ilford (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Clapton celebrate their 4-1 victory against Ilford (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Clapton assistant manager Andre Thomas praised the efforts of his team to seal a comfortable 4-1 victory against rivals Ilford.

The Tons were inspired by a Jeffrey Cobblah hat-trick and a Ryan Reed penalty to pick up three points away at Crickledfield Stadium and Thomas was in high spirits about the victory.

“I can’t complain, I would have taken a 1-0 win, but 4-1 is great.

“To see that we scored four goals and even the one that we conceded was from a penalty.

“I can take that with a pinch of salt to know that not in every game we won’t concede to a penalty, so I can kind of see it as a clean sheet.”

Thomas also heaped the praise on winger Jeffrey Cobblah and keeper Emmanuel Olajide for their performances on the night.

“He looked like an old school Arjen Robben or Damien Duff down the right side causing trouble,” he jokingly said.

“He’s a good finisher, composed and they were all types of finishes as well, one where he ran onto it, one where I think it had a little bit of a deflection, I apologise if it didn’t and then one where he cut in and finished.”

Before adding: “Some of the saves he (Olajide) pulled off, one of the saves he pulled off at 2-0 it could have been 2-1 and a different game, one he tipped onto the bar and there was one he actually had no right in saving.

“The funny thing about it is it was kind of the exact same chance that fell to Basildon on Saturday and they scored.

“If those chances had gone in its 2-2, so when we did score our third it did give us some briefing space.

“At 2-0 we wasn’t comfortable and Ilford definitely had their moments, but he came up trumps for us.”

The assistant manager, who has been in charge for the opening two fixtures of the campaign, is also pleased with how the side bounced back from their 2-0 defeat away to Basildon United.

“4-1 hopefully made up to the fans that did travel down to Basildon and didn’t get a performance, let alone a result,” he admitted.

“As I said on Twitter, I openly put my hands up and said that I made the mistake, I tried something and it didn’t work so I’m not going to put it down to the players because I was the one who put trust in them, I told them something and it didn’t work.”

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