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Individual errors blamed for Ilkeston defeat

Belper Town v Ilkeston'English League Football - Evo-Stik League'26th December 2014''Ilkeston Academy Manager Steve Chettle.''Picture by Dan Westwell
Belper Town v Ilkeston'English League Football - Evo-Stik League'26th December 2014''Ilkeston Academy Manager Steve Chettle.''Picture by Dan Westwell

Ilkeston boss Steve Chettle blamed key individual errors for the Robins’ defeat to Atherstone Town on Saturday.

Skipper Chris Shaw gave away a first-half penalty before making the error that gifted Atherstone a second 50 minutes in, those moments proving costly as only Montel Gibson’s goal on the hour registered for the home side.

It left Chettle frustrated that his side’s long winning run had come to an end, this their first defeat since October 7.

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He said: “Shawy’s distraught because he knows he’s made two bad decisions and that’s what has lost us the game. He’s an experienced player but made a poor decision to challenge in the penalty area and then tried to take players on in his own half which backfired.

“So the manner of defeat is disappointing. We’ve played a lot worse than that this season and won.

“Ian Deakin didn’t have a lot to do but individual errors have cost us, however uncharacteristic they were. If they happen against sides lower down the table then maybe you get away with it but against good sides it can’t happen.

“The run had to come to an end at some point but we won’t panic. We have a big game at Walsall Wood next week but we won’t be making knee-jerk reactions and changing the team.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to start a new run and what a place to do it if we can win at Walsall Wood.”