Holland buoyed by Robins display

Matt Baker gets his head to the ball against Coalville. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Matt Baker gets his head to the ball against Coalville. Photo by Craig Lamont.

Paul Holland was left encouraged by one of Ilkeston’s best displays of the season this week despite the Robins’ winless run extending to 20 games in all competitions.

The 0-0 draw with Coalville saw Holland’s young team put in a high tempo and energetic performance that saw them come close to recording their first win since October.

Ultimately, a point was all they would earn, but Holland says it is a good platform to build on.

He said: “It’s certainly one of the better showings we’ve produced since this bad run began and it’s the first point we’ve picked up for a while too so certainly there are positives to take from it.

“Once again we’ve been found wanting in the final third although Anthony Dwyer and Dexter Atkinson both worked their socks off. We also defended very well and Dale Eve and Max Thornberry in particular had excellent games.

“It was very similar to the Whitby game in that small margins were at play in terms of how close we were to winning it but then Coalville created chances too so it could have gone either way.”

With home games upcoming against Sutton Coldfield on Saturday and Hednesford on Tuesday, Holland remains keen to capitalise and accumulate much-needed points.

New players are still high on his list of priorities, although he has been left frustrated by recent attempts to bring in signings end in failure.

He said: “There are well-documented issues at this football club that need rectifying as soon as possible because they don’t help us at all.

“In the meantime, I can’t do much more than work with what I’ve got and try and get the results we desperately need to try and stay up.

“I can’t ask amy more of the players. They’ve come in again today under difficult circumstances and produced a hard-working display and given their all once again. I can’t question anyone’s spirit.

“I’ve tried very hard to bring people into the football club. You get to the point where you agree certain things with them and something comes up to mean it doesn’t happen.

“It’s frustrating for me and I can’t see there being any new faces in by the weekend, but I can assure fans I’m doing everything I can to solve the problems.

“I think the fans recognise the fact that if I could bring players in then I would. Until then we have to work with what we’ve got, minus one or two of the Bermudan lads who are out there on international duty.”

On the next two games, Holland added: “Sutton beat us at their place and are frequently adding to their squad so it’ll be a very tough game, while Hednesford are also a strong side but we’ll continue to give it everything.”