‘Ugly’ cup win welcomed by boss ahead of Stamford test

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Kevin Wilson watched Ilkeston FC stop the rot in the Derbyshire Senior Cup at home to Gresley on Tuesday night and has now challenged his Robins players to put points on the board in the league.

Tuesday night’s win was the first in eight games for an Ilkeston side badly in need of league points, although on this occasion it merely saw them progress to the next round of a competition they won last season.

But the victory pleased Wilson as he prepares to take his charges to Stamford on Saturday.

He said: “We won ugly but to be honest it was probably what we needed.

“It was the first time we’ve scored in the first-half for 11 games and the first time we’d taken the lead in a game since our last victory, so it showed how important getting that first goal can be.

“We haven’t done that enough in recent weeks and have been left chasing games, which we’ve then failed to get anything out of despite some performances not being too far off what’s required.

“It also means we keep one hand on a trophy we won last season so I’m pleased to have finally got a win under our belts after a difficult run.”

Last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Whitby Town saw a disappointing Robins display warrant precious little in terms of generating any optimism ahead of the visit to Stamford, but with Tuesday’s win Wilson now believes points are possible.

“We’ll have to play much better than we did against Gresley and in particular Whitby, that much is obvious,” he said.

“There are still some players not doing enough for my liking and it may well be that some new faces are in by the weekend as I feel we’re lacking in certain areas and need freshening up.

“That will probably mean we need to let a few go as well but any decisions will be made for the right reasons.”

A fans’ forum is due to be held at the New Manor Ground tonight (Thursday) where Wilson will be on hand to answer any concerns Robins supporters have over the recent form.

He said: “I’ll be honest with whoever wants to ask questions. It’s been a difficult time recently but I firmly believe we’ve the quality to get back up the table if we can return to doing the basic things right.”