Wilson: I take responsibility for King’s Lynn defeat

Gary Ricketts challenges King's Lynn goalkeeper Alex Street during the 4-3 defeat on Monday.
Gary Ricketts challenges King's Lynn goalkeeper Alex Street during the 4-3 defeat on Monday.

A frustrated Kevin Wilson shouldered the blame after a defeat to ten-man King’s Lynn Town on Monday night - but says his players must react better in certain situations.

The 4-3 loss came despite Ilkeston leading 3-2 with 12 minutes remaining against a Linnets side who had earlier seen Ryan Clarke sent off, the visitors turning the game around in the final stages.

That left Robins boss Wilson furious and requiring a 45-minute showdown with his players after the game, and when he emerged he gave an honest opinion of what had occurred.

He said: “At the end of the day I take responsibility because I pick the team and choose the tactics and the buck stops with me.

“But I’ve been saying since day one that something isn’t quite right and now we’ve had ten games to assess things it’s time some changes happen, as was the case last year when we brought a few new faces in during October.

“We were 3-2 up tonight but didn’t then move the ball around quickly enough, ended up giving it away and they punished us.

“Individually and collectively the players aren’t doing their jobs. They’re good players but it’s not happening at times.

“It’s difficult because it’s a case of whether you accept being sixth or seventh in the league or do you go on and try and win things?”

Wilson says he could now re-assess his squad once again if more consistent performances are to be achieved.

“At the present moment we’re not good enough, simple as that, and not working for each other,” he added.

“Some need to look after themselves a little bit better away from football, some need to approach games better, and then during game situations we need to stop having so many holes all over the place and be more switched on.

“It’s been coming. The warning signs have been there for a while.

“We were playing better football this time last year but had about three points, so it’s about fine tuning things to the point where we’re tighter and more responsible in different situations.

“So there will be changes for Grantham on Saturday. Injuries and suspensions don’t help, but we have options to explore so we’ll see what happens.”