Improvement needed, says manager Wilson

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

ILKESTON boss Kevin Wilson reflected on his side’s fortunes following a mixed weekend and stressed a determination to see performances return to the standard of previous weeks.

The Robins lost 2-1 at home to Stamford on Saturday before overcoming Carlton Town 2-0 at the New Manor Ground two days later.

And while the latter match produced three points, Wilson felt the goals tally should have been higher and that, like against Stamford, his side were too wasteful with their opportunities.

He said: “Eight times out of ten we’d probably have won the game on Saturday but too many players didn’t turn up which was unacceptable.

“It sometimes happens that one or two don’t produce, but it was a lot more than that against Stamford and we had to change things for Monday.”

“It was important to get three points against Carlton and I’m pleased at the way we ground out the result, particularly because we kept a clean sheet as well.

“But we are still not performing well enough at home and certainly have killed off Carlton sooner than we did by being more ruthless with our finishing.

“We need to improve if we’re going to stay where we are in the league. For some reason, we have stopped trying to pass the ball and need to work hard to get back to where we were a few weeks ago.

“Too many direct and hopeful long balls are being attempted rather than ones which are good quality and that actually cause problems, which is something we need to sort out as we’re not giving ourselves much of a platform to build on, mainly at home.”


With that in mind, Wilson says he still hopes to make changes to the squad, but they will be carefully considered rather than panic buys.

He said: “I’m looking to strengthen but we can’t just sign anyone, they’ve got to be able to solve the problems we’re having.

“Specifically, we’re not being ruthless enough at the back and are conceding too many bad goals, and generally not working hard enough as a team.

“And of course we’re not killing teams off in the home games, which is something that needs addressing.”


The Robins head to Leek Town this weekend, a side who are unbeaten in their last six games and drew 1-1 at Market Drayton Town on Tuesday night.

Wilson expects a mostly clean bill of health for the game.

“Gary Ricketts had to have a couple of stitches in a cut picked up against Carlton but he’ll be fine to play.

“The rest of the squad are fine with the exception of Joe Maguire, who we expect to start running again this week following his knee operation and could still be a month away from returning.”