Boss Wilson thrilled by Robins’ FA Cup display

Ilkeston striker Daryll Thomas celebrates his second goal against Belper Town in the first of the FA Cup clashes at the New Manor Ground. Photo by Rob Stephenson.
Ilkeston striker Daryll Thomas celebrates his second goal against Belper Town in the first of the FA Cup clashes at the New Manor Ground. Photo by Rob Stephenson.

Kevin Wilson purred over Ilkeston FC’s dominant FA Cup display on Tuesday night and declared: “It had been coming.”

The 5-1 win at Belper Town in the second qualifying round replay was as stylish as it was emphatic and left Wilson delighted with what he saw.

But although he took great heart in that performance, he did emphasise he’d have preferred to have completed the job without needing a second bite at the cherry.

He said: “To be honest we really should have won the first game on Saturday but let in two silly goals which cost us.

“But some of our recent performances have suggested the kind of show we put on tonight (Tuesday) was coming and we passed the ball well and moved it around the way I know we can.

“We’re not a team that can play long ball, we can pass it ten or 20 yards, switch play and get wingers in and tonight it all came to fruition.”

In previous weeks, Wilson had expressed frustration at not being able to kill teams off regardless of whether a win had still been achieved or if it had cost his side points.

But he now hopes that particular ghost will be laid to rest following the win at Belper.

He said: “I just felt we needed a bit of a confidence boost.

“It’s hard to work out why given we got into the play-offs last year and went on to win them, but as I’ve said so often even though it’s a development here things have taken a while to click into gear which has been disappointing for us all even though we’re a year ahead of schedule.

“I feel it more than anyone because I pick the side and work with the players during the week but we need to keep learning and developing and aim as high as we can in the league. Wins like tonight are a huge boost to all of that.

“It’s also great for the club as a whole to get through given the £4.5k prize money and a home tie with Gresley next up.”

Attention now turns to this weekend when the Robins travel to high-flying Southern Premier side Stourbridge in the FA Trophy, with Wilson keen for momentum to play a part.

He added: “They’re going well but our heads will be up now and we know what we’re capable of doing if the blend and attitude is right. The players deserve the rewards and could earn more.”