Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson was left angry and frustrated by his side’s poor discipline this week after red cards and late goals plagued the Robins’ last two games.
Striker Aaron Hooton was shown a straight red in the match with Witton Albion on Saturday, while skipper Laurie Wilson suffered the same fate in the defeat at Rushall Olympic on Tuesday.
Both of those games saw Ilkeston concede injury-time goals to essentially cost them a total of four points and therefore a share of the lead at the top of the table.
Speaking after Tuesday’s game, Wilson said: “We’ve had three players sent off in the last three games and it’s not good enough.
“We got away with it at Stafford when Joe Maguire was sent off but not in the other games and it can’t be allowed to happen.
“Not only did Laurie’s red card rattle us tonight but it’s silly as we now lose him for three games, as we do Aaron and also Joe for one game.”
Wilson was also riled by more problems defensively, particularly at Rushall where errors cost the Robins dearly.
He said: “I’ve said all along we’ve got to be better defensively and it was shown again tonight.
“We had a word at half-time as we knew what they’d do in terms of putting pressure on us, and then we go out and a poor header back to the keeper gifts them an equaliser and a header from a corner wins it.
“We need to sort it because we can’t keep scoring three or four goals to make up for the bad defending. Maybe I need to make some changes now.
“In fairness, we did show a lot of character tonight to keep going. In this fixture last year we didn’t turn up, but we were much better this time although we’ve ended up being disappointed by the result when a draw looked a certainty.”
Attention now turns to the FA Cup with local rivals Belper Town visiting on Saturday in the first qualifying round.
Wilson added: “It won’t be easy to pick our lads up after this but we simply have to stop conceding goals.
“No matter who you are, Real Madrid, Chelsea or whoever, you can’t afford to keep making it hard for yourselves.”
If a replay is required it will take place next Tuesday, otherwise the Robins will travel to Grantham Town that night.