Robins all set to go as new season beckons

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson
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Manager Kevin Wilson was full of confidence this week as his Ilkeston FC side prepared to open their Evo-Stik Premier Division campaign.

The Robins host fellow promoted side AFC Fylde at the New Manor Ground on Saturday before travelling to the West Midlands to face Rushall Olympic on Tuesday night.

And after an encouraging pre-season campaign, Wilson feels everyone at the club is ready to go.

He said: “We’re all really looking forward to it.

“We’ll spend the final training sessions going over one or two little bits we need to work on but I’m happy with how things have gone and that the squad is very capable of competing at this level.

“We’ve got something like six games in the opening 16 days of the season so the quality and strength in depth we’ve got here will immediately be called upon.

“But it’s a marathon not a sprint, and what we achieve over a whole season will be how it’s remembered.”

With the majority of the Robins’ squad having helped the club to promotion last year, continuity and momentum will play a key part in the opening few games.

But Wilson says there is plenty of quality on the sidelines ready to come in if needs be.

“Last year we got a bit too cocky at times and subsequently lost games due to not showing teams enough respect,” he said.

“We can’t afford to let that happen again regardless of whether we get off to a flyer like we did against Goole in our first ever game.”

“I don’t expect players to be happy when they’re not playing, but I do expect them to work hard and be ready not only to step in when needs be but also to react in the right way and not find themselves dropped again quickly.

“We’ve got great quality throughout and I strongly believe that with the right attitude and application we can do well.

“As always I’ve got three targets. Avoiding relegation is the priority, then maybe pushing for the play-offs and if we’re still winning then who knows, that’s when promotion can be a possibility.

“But last year was fantastic and I can’t wait to get going again.”