Chettle frustrated as two points dropped by Robins

Steve Chettle
Steve Chettle

Frustrated Robins boss Steve Chettle said his players must do better as Ilkeston look to get their title ambitions back on track this weekend.

The Robins’ were held 1-1 at lowly Nuneaton Griff when they had been looking to return to winning ways following their first defeat since October in their previous match.

They took a first half lead through Alex Marshall’s calm finish, but were unable to add a second goal and then conceded an equaliser 12 minutes into the second period.

Chettle, whose side had not played for two weeks, said: “We had a dressing room full of disappointed players as they are used to winning football matches.

“The draw felt like a loss as we had lots of opportunities to finish the game off.

“But we did not have enough quality through the whole game from one to 95 minutes.

“We had ample opportunities but we did not get over the (winning) line for the three points we desperately needed.”

Chettle refused to use possible excuses of a heavy pitch and offside appeals around Nuneaton’s equaliser for the dropped two points.

“No excuses, we did not have enough quality for the three points,” he said.

“We need to be better, from one to 11, it is as simple as that.”

Ilkeston will have the chance to put right the frustrations of the draw as their next match, on Saturday, sees the same opponents, Nuneaton Griff, play the return fixture at the New Manor Ground.

Chettle, whose side are fourth in Midlands League Division One, added: “(The only) positives were that no one was injured, we got people through 90 minutes and we didn’t lose.

“But we are looking to win matches as we are playing catch-up with those above us.”

The Robins have 49 points from 24 matches, three behind both Atherstone Town and Leicester Road with leaders Walsall Wood a further six points clear.