Ilkeston FC boss Kevin Wilson says there is no need to panic after the Robins continued their disappointing start to the Evo-Stik Premier Division with a 2-0 home defeat against local rivals Matlock Town on Saturday.
But he admits the ‘one step forward two steps back’ nature of the season so far has proved frustrating for all associated with the club.
The Robins remain in the bottom three but Wilson said: “It’s still early days and there’s certainly no need to panic.
“It’s not as if it’s March and the season is in its final stretch.
“I wish I could turn the table around but I can’t, but there are still far more positives coming out of this club than negatives at the moment.
“We are in the middle of long-term development plan for the club and I said at the end of last season we are ahead of where we thought we would be.
“But if you asked me ‘did I expect us to be higher up the league than we are’ then the answer is ‘yes ‘because I felt we had the players here to make the step up when we got promoted.
“It’s been a frustrating season because it’s been one step forward and two steps back. We played better than before against FC United but then we followed it up with a worse performance against Matlock.
“On Saturday, we started OK but didn’t hit the target, didn’t work the keeper in the first ten minutes and it all went downhill from there. We had a bit of a late rally but it wasn’t so much about any system that Matlock used, it was more about ourselves. We aren’t creating enough chances and scoring enough goals, simple as that.
“The stats show we have the eighth best defensive record in the league but the worst when scoring goals so that’s something we will have to look at. In nearly all the games we’ve lost, we have always been in the match and rarely lost by more than one goal but the statistics tell the story that we are not creating enough or scoring enough.
“It has been disappointing this season for the players, chairman, management, fans, and everybody associated with the club because I honestly through we would do better, but the buck stops with me.”
“I took the plaudits last season and now it’s up to me to turn it around this season.
“Maybe we need to take a look at it and be a bit more consistent in our selection. We have given everyone a chance to show us what they can do this season and we need now to battle, to work hard, put some consistent performances together where we keep our shape and organisation. We need to turn teams round, break them down, work the keeper more, and get more shots in.
“But it’s still early days and there’s a lot of games still to be played.”
Saturday marked the debut of 19-year-old midfielder Curtis Thompson, who has joined on loan from Notts County.
Wilson added: “We are always on the lookout for new players and Curtis is the latest of those. We’ve also had some enquiries about some of our players so maybe we need to evaluate which players have earned the chance to stay and help the club move forward.”