Clapton manager Fowell pleased with his side’s performance despite defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 October 2017

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Clapton manager Jon Fowell (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Clapton manager Jonny Fowell was pleased with the performance despite losing 2-0 to Essex Senior League high flyers Takeley.

The Tons had centre-back Dylan Ebengo dismissed and manager Fowell sent from the dugout at Station Road.

“It wasn’t a 2-0 defeat by any stretch, I thought we were a much better team,” Fowell said.

“They only had two chances, but scored both of them.”

Fowell praised his side’s attacking play and admits Takeley’s goalkeeper Reece Barrett denied his side with his performance.

“First-half out forward play was fantastic, their goalkeeper was brilliant and made some absolutely fantastic saves.

“We should have probably been up 3-0 early on.”

The manager admits injuries are proving costly to Clapton’s season as they ever-growing injury list continues.

“Our injury list is crippling,” Fowell said.

“We haven’t been able to put the same team out at all this season.”

One boost for Fowell’s men was Johnny Ashman returning to the side for the encounter.

“Johnny is dual registered so whenever he is available we will play him as he’s too good to be on the bench.

“He’s a Ryman player and will also be a big boost to us.

“He was head and shoulders above any player on their team.”

Fowell admits he’s pleased to have Dylan Ebengo back at Clapton despite his sending off on Saturday.

“Dylan hasn’t played for a while and looks a bit rusty, but it’s great to have him back.

“Dylan got sent off, Aundre (Spencer) got sent off and so did I.

“I got sent off for questioning the calls and to be honest the goals they got came from free-kicks that weren’t free-kicks.”

Takeley’s Stuart Zanone headed home a free-kick at the far post just before half-time.

Mitchell Das doubled the home side’s lead with a simple finish from close range after a break and there was no way back for Tons.

“I’m pleased with the way we’re playing, but defensively we do need to tighten up.

“Once we do that I have no worries as our forward play is brilliant.”

They return to the Old Spotted Dog to host Enfield on Tuesday.

Clapton: Boateng, Vigo, Awoderu, Flavin, Egbejale, Ebengo, Spencer, Ashman, Nalbani, Greenslade, Cobblah.

Subs: Odek, Loblack, Morris, Miller, Lanbe, Reed.

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