Boss Wilson disappointed after draw at strugglers

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson has expressed his frustration at a second poor Robins performance in a row following the 1-1 draw at struggling Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Saturday’s result followed a 2-0 loss at home to Stafford Rangers a week earlier, meaning Wilson’s side are without a league win since the enforced lay-off due to the cold weather.

But while he felt disappointed with Saturday’s display, Wilson believes his side will produce the goods again before long.

He said: “It was a poor display again, both individually and collectively.

“It was frustrating as our goalkeeper barely dirtied his knees during the 90 minutes and yet we still dropped two points - that was the sort of game it was.

“But we’ve got to try and take the positives from it, in that we didn’t lose the game and despite playing badly I have to say we never looked like we would lose it.

“We bossed the final 15 minutes, got the ball down and passed it but didn’t have the cutting edge.

“I think quite a few sides have hit some rocky form since the winter break which shows it didn’t only come at a bad time for us.

“Buxton, Fylde, Marine and others have all picked up very few points in the last couple of weeks which shows that if we can start winning we’ll keep climbing in this tight division.”

The visit of Ashton United on Saturday is next on the agenda, a side the Robins comfortably beat 3-0 away from home earlier in the season.

Wilson added: “That victory was where it all started for us in terms of the good run of form and our progression up the league.

“We’ve got to move on from last weekend and keep looking ahead, and that means Ashton this Saturday.

“The simple fact is we’ve lost only two out of the last 14 games and that is excellent form. We’ve plenty to work on of course but we’re more than capable.

“It’s easy for people to get carried away and start looking at the play-offs and so on but we need to keep expectations in check a little bit.

“This time last year we started to mount a run of results that got us into the play-offs and I believe we can do it again.”

Saturday’s game at Stocksbridge saw a short debut for winger Kane Richards, who has signed for the Robins on non-contract terms.

Richards is the cousin of Ilkeston midfielder Matt, and was most recently at Derby County before being released last month.

Wilson said: “Kane can play on either flank and looked lively in the few minutes we saw of him on Saturday.

“It’s important we have competition for places and it’s something I’m a great believer in.

“I feel we’ve lacked a bit in wide areas recently and Kane now has a good chance to show us what he can do.”