Wilson: ‘Youngsters are surprising me every day’

Rob Duffy celebrates putting Ilkeston 2-0 up at Stamford on Tuesday night as Ilkeston eventually ran out 4-0 winners. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Rob Duffy celebrates putting Ilkeston 2-0 up at Stamford on Tuesday night as Ilkeston eventually ran out 4-0 winners. Photo by Craig Lamont.

Manager Kevin Wilson paid tribute to his young squad after another impressive display this week and challenged them to produce repeat performances in upcoming games.

Tuesday night saw a rampant Robins destroy Stamford 4-0 in Lincolnshire to end the hosts’ 100 per cent start to the season and make it four unbeaten for Wilson’s men.

And following the victory, Wilson was left enthused by what he had seen.

He said: “These youngsters surprise me every day with just how good they can be and tonight they showed in emphatic fashion just what they’re capable of in a match situation.

“We ran the show right from the off and attacked Stamford with pace and power that they couldn’t cope with.

“We could have been four or five up at the break and we were untouchable at times.

“Sometimes our performances can be a bit up and down but some of the football tonight was breathtaking and the one touch moves were great to watch.

“We’ve got a great spearhead up front in Rob Duffy and with the pace of Kane Richards and Chey Adams there’s always goals in us.

“Then, as I always say, I’m delighted to get a clean sheet too which is testament to the work done in the rest of the team. The Stourbridge game (4-3 defeat) looks more and more like it was a one-off as we’ve generally been very good defensively.

“We can’t get carried away as it’s only one game, but having said that it’s the third time we’ve put a team to bed in style which is pleasing.”

Wilson again hailed the Robins’ full-time training regime as playing a key part in his squad’s overall displays and mentality.

He added: “Three of the goals against Stamford came from our players being alert enough to react quickest to shots being saved or hitting the bar and that’s helped by them being sharper due to training every day.

“They’ll now all get a day off tomorrow (Wednesday) and come back in on Thursday fresh and ready to go again.”

Tuesday’s win came off the back of a 1-1 draw with newly-promoted Curzon Ashton on Saturday that saw a second-half missed penalty deprive Ilkeston of a potential victory for the second game running.

Wilson said: “We did well in the second-half having gone behind following an error early on although we had some good chances to win the game which we didn’t take.

“Time will tell as the season goes on whether it was a point gained or two dropped.”

Next up is the first of a league and cup double away Matlock Town, the two games in the Derbyshire Dales separated by the visit of King’s Lynn Town to the New Manor Ground on Monday night.

And despite Ilkeston’s opponents not enjoying the best starts to their respective seasons, Wilson is adamant it’s what his team is doing that matters most.

He said: “Results may not being going their way but we have to ignore that and just concentrate on doing what we do and making sure it’s enough to beat whoever we play.

“The games with Matlock will both be great occasions and matches we really want to win, each for different reasons.”