Manager Kevin Wilson feels his Ilkeston FC side aren’t far from being a potent force despite two more league defeats over the last week.
Saturday’s 3-2 loss at home to Witton Albion was followed by 2-1 reverse at Frickley Athletic on Tuesday, with each match showing up different vulnerabilities in the Robins ranks.
But speaking after the Frickley game, Wilson said he is still taking heart from the displays.
He said: “The defeats we’ve had so far have all been by a single goal and we’ve deserved a lot more from most of them.
“I don’t think we’re a million miles away and there’s certainly a long way to go in the season, but it may still be that I need to make changes to personnel in order to freshen things up a bit.”
That observation came after Wilson had watched his side lose a match they had dominated at Frickley but where they failed to convert chances into goals.
He added: “Frickley had two shots on target and scored twice whereas we simply didn’t have a lot of luck in front of goal.
“I felt we deserved much more from the game than we ended up with and the players were really despondent in the dressing room afterwards, but that’s the way it’s going for us at the moment.
“I’ve put in seven days’ notice for a couple of players so that may help us a bit if they can come in, but in the meantime we have to keep working hard and things will improve.
“People mustn’t forget we have a young squad who are playing a lot of games in a season where we’re really just trying to hold our own and build for the future, so while these results have been disappointing I can see plenty of reasons for optimism.”
Ilkeston now have a break from the league as they face Belper Town at the New Manor Ground on Saturday in the FA Cup and then go to Stourbridge in the FA Trophy on September 29.
Wilson added: “The cup games are a nice distraction from the league but are also both important on so many levels, particularly when you look at the financial rewards and the fact they’re a chance to win and gain some momentum as we did at Coalville last week.”