Kevin Wilson bemoaned his side’s lack of consistency this week as Ilkeston FC suffered another frustrating home defeat.
The Robins’ 1-0 loss to Rushall Olympic on Monday night came after victory by a similar scoreline at Frickley Athletic on Saturday, with a catastrophic own goal the difference at the New Manor Ground.
And although manager Wilson refused to be too harsh on his players following Monday’s result, he was in no doubt as to where things went wrong.
He said: “We were playing very well but then there was a long stoppage for the injury to the Rushall player, and we simply lost concentration.
“The goal literally came straight after their keeper cleared the ball upfield to restart the game. The error came out of nowhere and we shot ourselves in the foot.
“But I’ve got no qualms about the performance on the whole. Our decision-making in the final third let us down at times, as did our finishing, but we worked hard and deserved more.
“We earned a scruffy three points at Frickley on Saturday where we battled hard and didn’t create too many chances, whereas against Rushall their best chance came in the 92nd minute of the game and we had several better ones, particularly in the opening minutes.”
The Robins now head to Witton Albion on Saturday, looking to keep on the toes of the leading pack.
And Wilson knows consistency will be key if that goal is to be achieved throughout the rest of the season.
He said: “We went into the Rushall game thinking we’d turned a corner, particularly with the start we had to the match, and then all of a sudden we missed a few chances and stopped doing what we’d been getting right.
“It’s frustrating of course but we have to remember this is still very much a work in progress.
“We go to Witton with a little bit of pressure on us again following the result on Monday. We’re an inconsistent side which for a manager is frustrating but you do get that with younger players.
“I’d hope that will improve as the season goes on but then tiredness can become a factor too, so we just need to keep working hard and more results will go our way.”