Goater: Momentum key in survival bid

Shaun Goater
Shaun Goater

Shaun Goater says positive momentum could be a crucial factor if Ilkeston are to avoid relegation.

The Robins boss must oversee 15 games over the next seven weeks as his side aims to beat the odds and escape the drop zone.

An already hectic schedule has been cluttered further by two postponements in the last week and the subsequent rearrangements required, but the Bermudian believes that getting good results quickly could make a huge difference.

He said: “You can’t do much about the weather and player safety is paramount, so I’ve no real problem with the games being called off.

“What it will do is mean that games will really come thick and fast now and that is something I’m confident we can cope with on a physical level given the age of our squad.

“It can also prove a huge benefit if we can develop a winning mentality as we’ll be eager for the games to come around and to try and keep the positive momentum.

“You don’t have as much time to work on things when the games come so quickly, unlike over the last week where we’ve had a lot more time on the training pitch which has in itself been beneficial.”

Having now had nearly a fortnight in the job, Goater remains enthused by what he’s seen since arriving.

He said: “I’m loving the challenge so far and relishing the task ahead. The players we have here are young, keen and willing to listen. They want to learn and that makes my job a whole lot easier.

“There’s much to do, we all know that, but the team spirit is excellent here given we have quite a small squad and that’s another factor that could carry us a long way.”

The Buxton game called off last weekend has now been rearranged for Tuesday, April 4.