MANAGER Kevin Wilson lamented his Ilkeston FC side’s ‘worst display of the season’ at Goole on Saturday – and urged the Robins to learn from their mistakes.
The 3-0 loss in a very windy East Yorkshire saw Ilkeston fail to get going at all in difficult conditions, the home side eventually turning the screw with three second-half goals.
Russell Cooke was also sent off for Ilkeston in a frustrating day for Wilson and his side, and the boss pulled no punches following the performance.
He said: “It was our worst display of the season so far, and given it came after we’d produced probably our best performance in the previous game there was perhaps an element of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show about it.
“We didn’t adapt to the conditions as well as Goole did and then were hit by a double whammy just after half-time.
“I felt the decision to send Russell Cooke off was a poor one, particularly having looked at the video of the tackle, but while we were initially going to appeal it we’ve decided not to as we risk losing him for another game and the league are unlikely to change the decision anyway.
“We’ve just got to learn from what happened on Saturday and bounce back strongly in the upcoming games.”
Wilson made several changes to his side as the Robins faced Evo-Stik Premier Division side Buxton in the quarter-finals of the Derbyshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night, the outcome being a dominant display resulting in a 3-1 victory.
And the Robins boss was enthused by the attitude of his young stars.
“I was really encouraged by the performance on Tuesday and it showed how far we’ve come in a short space of time given that quite a few of those lads were in the academy side last year.
“We passed the ball well and dominated the entire game, as well as looking comfortable in possession and working hard,” said Wilson.
“All of those factors will be vital as we move forward because we’ve got two home games in a row coming up and want to produce similar displays to those against Buxton and Sheffield.”
Wilson also praised winger Sam Duncum, who returned to the New Manor Ground last week following spells with Eastwood Town and Worksop since starring for Ilkeston Town before the old club was liquidated.
A short appearance on Saturday was followed by an impressive home debut on Tuesday, with Duncum even managing a goal on his return.
Wilson said: “Sam did really well and had a good understanding with Ryan (Wilson) down the left.
“He was a hugely popular player when he was here previously with Ilkeston Town and hopefully that will help him to settle in quickly.
“I think it’s true to say that he has lost his way a bit during the past couple of seasons and Worksop terminated his contract. But I know what Sam is all about and I’ve no doubts that he can do a good job for us.”
Meanwhile, young striker Tyrell Waite has gone on trial at Championship side Birmingham City.
The 17-year-old played in a match and trained with the Blues’ academy this week, though he will be available for Ilkeston’s home game with Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday.