Chettle: We need goals

Ilkeston boss Steve Chettle
Ilkeston boss Steve Chettle

Steve Chettle says a lack of firepower could prove costly as Ilkeston Town aim to make waves in the Midland Football League.

The Robins drew a blank in a 0-0 draw at Atherstone on Saturday before then losing 2-0 in the League Cup at Heanor Town on Tuesday night.

And although the goals Heanor scored were the first conceded by Ilkeston in three games, it’s the lack of quality at the other end which is currently concerning the manager.

Chettle said: “You don’t win games if you don’t score goals and we’re not doing enough at the moment.

“It’s something we’re trying to rectify in personnel terms but we’re creating plenty of openings that we’re wasting at the moment and it can’t happen.

“Whilst it’s good we’ve been keeping things tight at the other end, that’s only half the job and I think if we can be more clinical up front we’ll push on much stronger.

“Even in the games we’ve won recently, we should probably have scored more than we did and I said that against better sides that could cost us, which has proved true.”

Chettle felt Tuesday’s defeat to Heanor was a frustrating one. He made changes to his regular line-up but still felt the team he picked could have offered more.

He said: “We rotated a little bit, both to give one or two a rest and due to changes enforced on us, but despite starting well and the game overall being very equal, we couldn’t maintain that level and I don’t think we’ve tested the goalkeeper seriously all night.

“The team we’ve used in the unbeaten league run remains the first choice line-up for the time being as those players deserve to keep the shirts, but I wanted to have a look at some others tonight so I could see what they’ll offer us.”

Regarding Saturday’s draw at Atherstone, Chettle highlighted similar problems.

He added: “We’re needing to keep clean sheets to get a point because we’re not scoring enough.

“We’re working hard on it but it’s not easy.”

Attention now turns to three home matches in a row with Hinckley AFC arriving on Saturday, the visitors currently sitting third in the table.

That will be followed by visits from Leicester Road on September 30 and Brocton on October 3.