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Uddin happy despite Bengal loss

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 April 2016

Ilford's Luke Thomas scores the winning goal against Sporting Bengal at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards)

Ilford's Luke Thomas scores the winning goal against Sporting Bengal at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Former Dagenham & Redbridge captain reflects on 1-0 loss to local rivals Ilford

Ilford and Sporting Bengal players battle for the ball at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards)Ilford and Sporting Bengal players battle for the ball at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards)

Sporting Bengal United manager Anwar Uddin was pleased with the performance of his team against Ilford last weekend in the Essex Senior League.

The Mile End Stadium club fell to a 1-0 defeat after Luke Thomas scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute for the Foxes.

It was a second consecutive one-goal loss for Bengal, but an encouraging display from the east Londoners.

Former Dagenham & Redbridge captain Uddin was delighted to see them create so many chances.

He said: “I was really happy with the performance and it was a really interesting game. We played ever so well and created so many chances.

“If you make six or seven opportunities in a match, you normally expect to score at least one.

“Ilford were a good organised side and they had a couple of chances in the first half, but in the second they only had one and took it.

“We showed a little bit of naivety, but overall really happy because we created chances, our work rate was good and we were organised.”

Uddin felt his side lacked knowing how to manage the game on Saturday and that was one of the reasons behind their defeat.

He believes that has been a problem in certain matches this season, but accepts it won’t chance overnight.

The ex-West Ham United youngster is thrilled to see it develop, though, and knows his squad are improving.

“If you have players that have played in this league for a few years, they know how to manage the game,” added Uddin.

“Some of our boys have come from Sunday League so knowing what to do when you are 1-0 up is new to them.

“It is about improving players in one aspect, but it is also about teaching them how to manage the games and deal with different situations.

“If you give me 15 players that have played in this league for five or six years you wouldn’t have to work on game management, but my players haven’t got that.

“We are definitely a match for anybody in this division, though, and that is pleasing even if I am a little disappointed we are not higher up the table.”

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