Wilson in seventh heaven as the Robins march on

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Two more wins added to manager Kevin Wilson’s joy this week as Ilkeston FC continued their stunning run of form.

The league win over Nantwich Town on Saturday and a Derbyshire Senior Cup success at Heanor Town on Saturday made it seven wins in a row for the Robins - the best run yet since the club was formed in 2010.

Struggling Trafford await in the league on Saturday and Wilson is keen to see the momentum continue.

He said: “We’ll go up to Trafford with a fully fit squad and in a great frame of mind.

“As always I’m concentrating on hitting our usual first target which is getting enough points to stay up and which I think will need to be a lot this year.

“Then, with the position we’re in, the next target will be a play-off spot and as it stands we’re in the zone so have something to fight for in terms of holding onto that.

“Four in a row in the league is a great foundation to build on and with the cup wins too it’s been a great few weeks.”

Saturday’s win against Nantwich was by the odd goal in three but Wilson felt his side should have been far more comfortable.

He said: “We made it hard for ourselves because we should have been out of sight by half-time.

“As it was we were only a goal up and then got pegged back just after the break by a poor goal from our point of view, but we responded really well and although Kane Richards’ goal had a bit of luck with the way it went in off the keeper, we deserved that overall.

“Nantwich missed a couple of really good openings late on which nearly punished us but we stayed solid and showed great character.

“The test will come when we do lose a game, and how the players respond.

“We’ve got players on top of their game at the moment but a defeat can do all sorts of things to you mentally and when we do lose again I’ll be looking for strength in character to help us bounce back straight away.”

When asked whether a couple of months ago the Robins might not have won games such as those against Matlock and Nantwich given their regular tendency to throw points away at home, Wilson responded: “There’s no question we’ve developed a bit more resilience now and know that we have to keep fighting and battling to the end.

“We tweaked a few things round and the players have done well.

“The games coming up will be tough against sides fighting for their lives but as I’ve said, our character is getting stronger so I feel we’re better prepared for matches like these.”

On the win over Heanor, Wilson added: “It wasn’t easy in tough conditions that weren’t condusive to good football and against a side who gave us some problems.

“But it’s good to see some of the lads who I brought in perform well and get some much-needed first team action because we need the whole squad to be fit and ready for the busy time ahead.

“The fact that we kept the run going with so many changes to the team is really pleasing.”