Paul Holland was again full of praise for his Ilkeston FC players on Saturday after they secured their third win on the trot.
The Robins were 3-0 victors over Skelmersdale United, goals from Luis Rose, Anthony Dwyer and Malachi Lavelle-Moore doing the damage and lifting Ilkeston out of the relegation zone.
And although Holland said he was disappointed with the first-half display, he was delighted by what he saw in the second.
He said: “It was really pleasing to get another win. I’d actually had to give the lads their first real rollocking of the season at half-time because I wasn’t happy with what I’d seen in the first-half given we looked a bit sluggish.
“We have to set a high standard to stick to and we did that much better in the second-half. Skelmersdale changed their formation at the break and it gave us a bit more room for our fitness to shine through.
“Last week at Corby we came from behind to win which was an important milestone, and today we’ve won having had a poor first-half which is another.”
Ilkeston now make the long trip to Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night with Holland adding: “We’ve got the winning mentality and will go there aiming to continue a good run. It’s always a tough place to go but we’ll work out a way of playing that can hurt them and hopefully reap the rewards.”
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