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New Hackney Wick manager Ievoli wants side to improve performances to climb table

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 December 2017

Sporting Bengal attack against Hackney Wick (pic Tim Edwards)

Sporting Bengal attack against Hackney Wick (pic Tim Edwards)

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Manager Tony Ievoli will make his home debut for Hackney Wick as they host high-flying FC Romania this weekend.

A Hackney Wick defender heads clear (pic Tim Edwards) A Hackney Wick defender heads clear (pic Tim Edwards)

The Wickers will welcome the Wolves to the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) as they look to start climbing away from the bottom of the table.

Ievoli will be looking to start improving results for the east London outfit as they have only managed two wins in their last 10 matches.

“I think the first thing we need to do is improve the performances,” said Ievoli.

“We performed well for 60 minutes against Sporting Bengal, but we’ve got to maintain that and now add to that and try to improve for 70,80 or 90 minutes, and try to give Romania a good game.

“Performances are generally what determine the outcome of a game, so we have to concentrate on that as that is key is for us right now.”

The former Brentwood Town boss hopes to have more of the first-team squad at his disposal after being without a handful due to suspension and injury in his first match in charge, where they fell to a 3-1 defeat to local rivals Sporting Bengal United, with Hassan Nalbant hopefully returning to the fold.

“I’m hoping that we will have at least one or two back from suspension and injury,” added Ievoli, who also revealed he has been impressed with the squad in place at Hackney and believes there is plenty to work with.

“In the first week, I’ve had a tremendous response from the players and their attitude has been first class,” he said.

“I think what I’ve got in the squad at the moment genuinely is not bad.

“There is enough there to work with. I might need to add another one or two, but there is enough and as I say their attitude has been first class this week and has impressed me.”

Hackney Wick have added midfielder Andrea Mantovania this week, who has already spent some time playing at Woodford Town and Ilford this season.

“I’ve brought a few in to try and hopefully improve the squad,” he added. “They played on Saturday, one of them couldn’t play in his natural position as he had no centre-forward and I have to say for 60 minutes, I couldn’t really fault them.”

Ievoli has also moved to snap up a new assistant manager in the shape of Francesco Zabotti.

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