Wilson: We got just what we deserved

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KEVIN Wilson says his Ilkeston FC side deserved nothing from their trip to bottom-of-the-table Quorn last Saturday – after seeing them return with exactly that.

KEVIN Wilson says his Ilkeston FC side deserved nothing from their trip to bottom-of-the-table Quorn last Saturday – after seeing them return with exactly that.

The 3-2 defeat was sealed by an injury-time winner from home striker Kris Nurse, moments after the same player had been involved in an incident which saw Robins goalkeeper Ben Gathercole sent off.

And Wilson was quick to criticise his players following the encounter, which ultimately cost Ilkeston top spot with Sheffield FC beating Market Drayton Town to return to the summit with a game in hand.

Wilson said: “I had a bad feeling in advance about this game and warned the players that unless they were mentally right, they were heading for a big fall.

“The better team won the game but once again it was individual errors and a lack of concentration that brought about their goals, and it’s something we have to eradicate.

“We’re having little trouble scoring goals, but we’re giving too many silly ones away.

“I just hope that they have learned a big lesson. If you don’t turn up with the right attitude and apply yourselves properly you have to take the consequences.

“We got what we deserved from this game - absolutely nothing.”

The Robins were dealt a blow ahead of the game when key central defender Russell Cooke was ruled out due to sustaining whiplash injuries in a road accident last week.

That saw a debut for young defender Callum Williamson, but despite the youthfulness of Ilkeston’s back line Wilson had no sympathy.

“I’m not going to make excuses. We should be able to handle the fact that a couple of regular players were missing and there’s no point in trying to paper over things,” he said.

“Our back four looked as if they had never played together. At the end of the day, Quorn wanted it more than we did, which is simply not acceptable.”

FA Trophy

Ilkeston now take a break from league action with the visit of Biggleswade Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Biggleswade are flying high in the Southern Premier League Central, which is at the same level of the non-league pyramid as the division Ilkeston compete in.

And Wilson says he will put a full strength side out for the match.

“It would be great if we could at least get as far as where the Conference Premier clubs come in, not only from a financial point of view but also because there’s potential for a big draw at that stage,” he said.

“So while the league is still our priority, it will be a great achievement if we can go on a good run in the FA Trophy.”

Should the match on Saturday be drawn, a replay will take place next Tuesday night at 7.45pm. Ticket details for that potential encounter and Saturday’s game at the New Manor Ground can be found on page 35.

Ilkeston then face two home games in three days when Romulus and Coalville Town arrive on October 29 and 31 respectively.