Wilson keen to build on local derby success

Ilkeston defender Dan Partridge (left) challenges during the clash with local rivals Eastwood Town on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Ilkeston defender Dan Partridge (left) challenges during the clash with local rivals Eastwood Town on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo by Craig Lamont.
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Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson feels there is still plenty of room for improvement despite the Robins securing their first win of the season on Bank Holiday Monday.

The victory over local rivals Eastwood Town followed two straight defeats and an opening day draw, leaving the Robins with four points from their opening four games.

But Wilson believes there is still plenty more to come once his side begins to find its feet.

He said: “We’ve not really started yet. It’s early in the season and we’re just getting going but there are still lots of individuals who need to pick their performances up.

“Having said that, I will take a proper look at things after the next couple of games as that’s how long I wanted to have to make some decisions.

“At that stage last year we had nine points and there’s no reason why we can’t go one better than that this time around.”

Regarding the match against Eastwood and the 1-0 defeat to Nantwich town last Saturday, Wilson was under no illusions as to where the key problems lie.

“We’re getting into a lot of great attacking positions but the quality of the final ball is lacking, as are the right decisions at times,” he said.

“That was the problem at Nantwich and again on Monday, even though we scored two goals.

“We had the upper hand after the first 15 minutes until they scored when they then had some momentum, before again we took control late on and should have won more comfortably.

“I’m looking to loan a couple of players out now and maybe also loan a couple in too, as there are some areas in which we need strengthening.”

Ilkeston head to Chorley this weekend before a return match with Rushall Olympic at the New Manor Ground on Monday night.

Wilson said: “I saw Chorley in their opening match at Stocksbridge when they won 5-4 and looked great going forward but a bit leaky at the back, although they’ll have worked on that since.

“We know what to expect from Rushall having been physically out-fought by them last week, so we’ll have to look at doing things a bit differently this time around.”