Strachan frustrated after another winless week

Gavin Strachan

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Gavin Strachan reflected on another tough week for Ilkeston FC and said changes might be required to arrest their dip in form.

Three wins in a row early on have now been followed by four games without a victory, capped by a disappointing display in a 3-1 loss at Frickley Athletic on Tuesday night. That followed a 1-1 draw with Ashton on Saturday.

And head coach Strachan believes his team need to work harder to match the standards they have set themselves.

He said: “It’s frustrating me that teams we’re playing are often not having to work as hard as we are to score goals.

“The Frickley game was a case in point. Our pre-match talk went out of the window early on with three poor goals which stemmed from individual errors or poor defending, and we’re then left with a mountain to climb.

“It also highlights how we need to turn games where we are creating more chances than the opposition into wins, as against Skelmersdale, Matlock, Sutton Coldfield and Frickley we’ve wasted enough good opportunities to have won us the game.

“Of course the answer could well be to make changes and the players know that if they don’t perform, they can be replaced. That’s football.

“But it’s not easy to find the right players, especially with the ethos in place here. If we do end up going for more experienced lads who may not be able to train full-time and who might have to fit us in around work, that can be tougher, but we’ll see what we need to do to get back to winning ways.”

The FA Cup offers a break from league action this weekend with the visit of Evo-Stik Division One South side Rugby Town.

As well as needing a win, Strachan is aware of the pressure on clubs like Ilkeston to have good cup runs due to the revenue that can be generated, but he says he feels no more pressure than usual.

He added: “We put big pressure on ourselves every game to perform to the standards we know we’re capable of so the FA Cup will be no different.

“We’ve got reports on Rugby so will know what to expect. It’s important we get that winning feeling back because we’ve shown already that we can put a good run together and that could be enough to help us get back into the higher league positions quickly.”