Kevin Wilson once again bemoaned his Ilkeston FC team’s frailties after they fell to defeat at Blyth Spartans on Tuesday.
The 3-2 loss came after victories against Stocksbridge Park Steels and Frickley Athletic, but familiar problems were exposed as missed chances and defensive errors cost Ilkeston dear.
Wilson said: “We were undone by a ten-minute spell after half-time that saw us not switch on and lose concentration and we’ve conceded two goals.
“Two balls into the box weren’t defended and it’s cost us.
“Overall I felt we had the better of things. We had more possession, particularly later on in the game, but missed some good opportunities including a great chance for James Reid in the closing minutes and couldn’t make it count.
“I took Laurie Wilson off as he was on a yellow card and we can’t afford to lose him to another suspension, and Jason Stokes looked to be struggling fitness wise having not played too much recently.
“But I felt we still did enough to win the game as apart from their goals, Blyth didn’t really hit the target too often.
“It’s a disappointing result. In the first-half we weren’t very fluid and didn’t get the ball down as well or keep possession. We were much better later on but had left ourselves too much to do.”
Wilson was impressed by namesake Laurie’s stunning 50-yard strike, adding: “It was a great spot and the shot was always going away from the goalkeeper, but in the end it’s not won us any points.”
Ilkeston now face a trip to Gresley FC in the FA Trophy first round on Saturday, before hosting Nantwich Town in the league on Monday night providing no cup replay is needed at the New Manor Ground.
Gresley are struggling in Evo-Stik Division One South and lost 5-0 at Halesowen Town on Tuesday, but Wilson is aware it won’t be an easy game.
“We’ll have to pick the bones out of the Blyth defeat and see how we settle down at Gresley, but the defeat to Belper in the FA Cup is a warning that these games aren’t easy,” he said.
“If we can carry on how we finished at Blyth then that will be a good start, but the FA Trophy is another good earner if you have a good runso we’ll be hoping to go far.”