Lee Fowler expressed his disappointment after seeing his Ilkeston Town side’s unbeaten run come to an end at Quorn on Saturday.
The 2-0 loss was the Robins’ first in five games and although they retain an eight point lead at the top of the Midland Football League, the loss was a blow to their chances of pulling further away from the following pack.
And Fowler was left critical of the way his side played.
He said: “I thought we were a little flat. We didn’t move the ball quickly or take our chances in the first half.
“We made the wrong decisions, in terms of the type of pass or the weight of pass.
“At half-time we had to regroup and try and galvanise the players. We started the second- half well but then they scored and towards the end could have had more.
“It is unlike this group to play the way they did. I tried to change things round and get some energy into the performance but it didn’t work.
“We go back to the training ground now and the good thing for me is that we play Quorn again in ten days’ time.”
That encounter, in the League Cup, will be the next time Ilkeston play as they have a blank weekend upcoming, allowing those below them in the table to make up some ground.
Meanwhile, Fowler made another addition to his squad before the Quorn game with the signing of Canadian winger Jon Jebbison from Kimberley.
The 23-year-old has impressed for the Nottinghamshire side in the East Midlands Counties League this season and came on as a sub for the Robins at Quorn.
His younger brothers, Daniel and Micah, have recently signed up to Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion’s academies respectively having also moved across the Atlantic.
He said: “I am very excited to be joining the club.
“The way the team have been playing and the coach has been a big factor in my decision to come here. I feel that this is the right place for me to be at.
“I bring both creativity and pace to the side. I’m very direct. I like to take players on and I am a great team player. I enjoy getting assists as much as goals.
“I want to have an impact in the final ten league matches that the team has left and however many cups matches we may play. I have come here to help this team win something this season.”
Fowler is glad to have added Jebbison to his squad.
“I am delighted to have signed him,” he said. “After watching footage of him and speaking to a mutual friend I knew he would be a good fit.
“His age, value, and potential provided both parties with a great opportunity and with his two brothers signing for Sheffield United and West Brom respectively there is something in his blood.
“He also comes with good recommendations from his spell at Kimberley.”