Ilkeston boss Kevin Wilson felt his team didn’t do themselves justice in Tuesday night’s defeat at Barwell, a result that ended an encouraging winning streak.
Che Adams had given the Robins an early lead, but then a penalty scored by Barwell goalkeeper Adam Castle and Luke Barlone’s second-half winner meant the points stayed in Leicestershire.
“It was a night where I didn’t feel we played with the same pattern that we normally do,” said Wilson.
“We tried to force things where they didn’t need to be forced and we didn’t move the ball well enough.
“I’m also a believer that referees are out there to protect people and the three challenges we were booked for I have no complaints about whatsoever as we lost our discipline and self control, but there were a few against us that weren’t punished.
“I’ve always said that Tuesday night games tell you a lot about where you stand and I’m really disappointed as after a fairly good first-half where we created good openings, it fell way in the second-half.
“But we’re all in it together and it’s important we resolve to work harder.
“It’s all still a learning curve which is important to remember. It’s probably the first time though that we’ve been behind and not been able to recover well enough to deserve something from the game, which I’m really disappointed about.”
Saturday had seen Ilkeston make it three wins in a row at home as Rushall Olympic were dispatched at the New Manor Ground.
Goals from Rob Duffy and Kane Richards did the trick, with Wilson commenting: “It was a scruffy win, but you always take those.
“I don’t think we performed well anywhere in the team in terms of ball retention and decision-making too but the fact is we beat another top five side and continued our excellent home run.”
Attention now turns back to the FA Cup and the third qualifying round trip to Stockport County at Edgeley Park on Saturday.
Wilson knows his side will need to perform at their optimum ability to get a result, but believes it’s more than possible.
“They’re a good side that like to get the ball down and play but we do too and being underdogs we’ll go there with much less pressure on us,” he said.
“We were underdogs against Solihull Moors who are in the same division as Stockport and we managed to see them off.
“It should be a great occasion and I hope we have a large number of fans cheering us on.
“The Barwell game aside, our away form has been really good so we’d love to see that continue.”
Should Saturday’s game at Stockport be drawn then a replay will take place at the New Manor Ground on Monday night.
Otherwise, the Robins are due to host Halesowen Town that night, unless the Yeltz have drawn their FA Cup tie at the weeekend.
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