Steve Chettle wasn’t in the mood for making excuses having watched his Ilkeston Town side fall to a 2-0 defeat in their first ever home game.
The result against Heath Hayes sent a crowd of 583 home disappointed, despite the fact the club was only formed six weeks ago and the playing squad remains very much a work in progress.
But Chettle refused to cite those factors as viable excuses.
He said: “Everyone knows we’re still in the formative stages but the fact was we weren’t good enough and have lots of work to do.
“We conceded two sloppy goals, the first coming after we’d been right in the game in the first-half but then shot ourselves in the foot.
“It’s a hard place to learn for young players, especially a goalkeeper from Notts County who only signed yesterday and hadn’t played with the group before, but the result is disappointing.
“We need to score goals. The desire to score goals comes from the players and it’s up to them. They need to be a bit more ruthless and perhaps have a bit more character in front of goal too.”
Ilkeston were missing several players deemed to be key to their cause as they continue to build, with Chettle emphasising that getting a settled squad could take time.
He said: “Player turnover will be high here this season. We’ve had to sign players who had been released late by other clubs and those who were free agents already and it’s obviously not ideal.
“So there are lads still to come in who will give us a lot more quality but that’s not really an excuse for today. We wanted to send 600 people with high expectations home happy, and we failed to do that.”
Ilkeston are next in action on August 19 when they host Coventry Copsewood.