Kevin Wilson says his young side must learn from their mistakes after Ilkeston FC threw away a one-goal lead in the last six minutes at King’s Lynn Town on Saturday.
The Robins looked set for all three points following Tyrell Waite’s 62nd minute goal in very wet conditions in Norfolk, before the home side produced three late goals to turn the game on its head.
And while manager Wilson took heart from some elements of his team’s performance, the manner of the defeat left him frustrated.
He said: “We created our own downfall. I feel sorry for them because the players put a good shift in, but having done well to get ourselves in front we then dropped too deep and invited them onto us. We need to learn from it.”
“We stopped doing the things that were causing them problems, namely getting in behind them and turning them round.
“Defensively we dropped too deep and it cost us. The third goal was a ridiculous decision for the penalty but overall I’m disappointed in the way we caved in.”
Torrential rain and a thunderstorm delayed the second-half and made conditions tricky for both sides, but Wilson refused to use that as an excuse.
He added: “It wasn’t easy but it was the same for both sides and it ultimately came down to people not doing their jobs, whether they’re 38-years-old or 17, and that’s disappointing.
“If people do their individual jobs then collectively we succeed, but we stopped controlling the middle of the park and invited them on.”
New loan signing Marcel Barrington, a striker from Leicester City, made a brief appearance at King’s Lynn and could feature again when Stocksbridge Park Steels visit the New Manor Ground this weekend, with the Robins looking to end a run of three straight league defeats.
Wilson said: “Stocksbridge are struggling but we need to make sure we don’t get dragged into the relegation battle.”