KEVIN Wilson believes his Ilkeston FC side is turning the corner in terms of improved home performances – despite the Robins dropping two points late on last weekend.
The 2-2 draw with Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday saw Ilkeston concede goals in only the second minute and in injury-time at the end of the game, with the rest of the encounter dominated by the home side.
But despite the sucker punch dealt out late on, Wilson says he was pleased with the Robins’ performance.
He said: “Obviously we were disappointed with the result given how much we dominated.
“The mood at the final whistle was as if we’d lost the game. I didn’t feel the result reflected the performance at all.
“We passed the ball well and created lots of chances. We were just caught out by a long ball down the side in the first couple of minutes and then were guilty of not clearing our lines well enough at the end.
“We played particularly well in the second-half and did well to put the blip we’d had against Goole behind us. Sometimes we just need to keep possession better when holding a tight lead.
“But I feel the home performances are certainly improving. I knew it would take a while given everything was so new at the start but we’re a far more effective side when getting the ball down and passing than we are playing a back to front game.”
Wilson also had words of encouragement for striker Daryll Thomas, who started the season well but hasn’t now scored since the 3-0 win over Newcastle Town on November 19.
Thomas was dropped to the bench for Saturday’s game, with Wilson believing the player is simply short on confidence at present.
“When you don’t do what you’re usually so good at it affects your confidence and becomes a mental thing,” said Wilson.
“Daryll offers a lot more to the team than just goals, but the fact is he hasn’t scored for a while and I felt it was time to give him a break.
“As a striker myself I know exactly what he is going through, although I had every day to work on it whereas he only has two training sessions a week plus the matches.
“He will definitely come through it. He just needs an easy chance to fall his way or even the ball to go in off his backside and things will pick up for him.”
Wilson has now concluded a deal to permanently sign winger James Reid following his release from AFC Telford United.
Reid has impressed since arriving on loan in November and the Robins boss said: “We’re delighted to have brought James in as we’re planning for the future and he can be part of that.
“He’s got lots of talent and I feel there’s more to come from him.”
Meanwhile, young striker Tyrell Waite has returned from his trial spell at Birmingham City.
The 17-year-old played in two matches whilst with the Blues, though Wilson denied permission for him stay longer.
He said: “Tyrell has come back looking very sharp and with a spring in his step and has now seen what it’s like to be involved at a higher level.
“They wanted to keep him longer, but I felt two games was enough for them to see what he was about and the experience was a good learning curve for Tyrell.”