ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson expressed his frustration at two successive defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend - but emphasised there is no need to panic as his young squad continues to develop.
The 2-1 loss at home to Kidsgrove on Saturday was followed by a 3-1 reverse at Belper Town on Monday, both matches seeing the Robins’ opponents come from behind to claim the three points.
And with his players now enjoying a welcome 11-day break ahead of next Saturday’s (10th) home game with Quorn, Wilson was able to reflect on the hectic opening to the campaign.
He said: “We always knew there would be times where we’d be frustrated and disappointed because there are lots of young players learning their trade and we have to be patient and develop them properly.
“But we do need to learn that we can’t go out and control games as we have been doing and then miss the chances and concede the goals that we’ve seen so far.
“I think about 90 per cent of the goals we’ve let in have been down to individual errors and that’s obviously something we need to try and eradicate.
“There’s no question that we should have won both of the games over the weekend, particularly having led in each of them, but against Kidsgrove we conceded two breakaway goals including one from our own corner kick, then errors let Belper back in on Monday and we couldn’t recover.”
Wilson says he is largely satisfied with the players he has at his disposal, though injury has deprived him of defender Russell Cooke, midfielders Joe Maguire and Ryan Wilson and winger Will McCall in recent games.
Cooke is expected to return against Quorn on September 10, while McCall could also be in line to play in that match having responded well to treatment on a groin injury.
But Maguire requires an operation after it was discovered he had torn a cartilage in his knee and it is now feared he could be missing for up to six weeks.
“Hopefully Russell Cooke will return against Quorn. He could have played at Belper but with the break imminent it wasn’t worth risking him only to get injured again, so we opted to wait,” said Wilson.
“Obviously the break is welcome because we’ve had six games in a short space of time and some of these lads have never had that kind of intensity before.”
“With the injuries that we had there was an opportunity for other players to come in and perform well in order to stake a claim for a place in the side.
“But we’re always looking to tweak and improve things and we’ll be sitting down and having a very close look at everything over the next few days to see what is needed, as we’ve been naive in all areas of the pitch, particularly at the back, and that’s not something I like to see at all.”