Paul Holland felt his Ilkeston side deserved more from their clash with Rushall Olympic on Tuesday night after the Robins were beaten 2-0.
Both goals came in the last 13 minutes following a game where the Pics had soaked up plenty of Ilkeston pressure, a lack of quality in the final third again proving the hosts’ undoing.
And although it was a far better display than that produced against Barwell in the FA Trophy last weekend, Holland felt the result wasn’t a fair one.
He said: “I felt we were the better side but Rushall are high in the table for a reason and punished us for not taking our chances.
“Their first goal was disappointing given it came from a corner which is something we’ve been working on trying to prevent, while the second came purely due to us committing so many forward looking to get an equaliser.
“It was a big improvement on Saturday’s display and gives us something to build on, but it was a frustrating night.”
Holland reiterated that his hands are tied when it comes to rectifying his team’s problems with recruitment of fresh faces.
He added: “We can’t really bring anyone in and that means we’re having to work with what we’ve got, although having won four games out of six in the league shows we have the quality there to get results.
“We’re always on the lookout in case a deal can be done, and that includes the loan market, so I’ll sit down with the chairman and see if we can work something out.”
Ilkeston are next in action with a trip to Merseyside to face Marine on Saturday before they then host Spennymoor Town at the New Manor Ground next Tuesday night.