Ilkeston boss Kevin Wilson was again left reflecting on his side’s failure to follow up one win with another after a 3-0 loss at King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday night.
On several occasions this season, Ilkeston have produced a good display only to then be unable to follow that up with another in the following match.
And having seen the Robins overcome promotion contenders FC United of Manchester 3-1 on Saturday, Wilson was disappointed to then see such a lacklustre display in Norfolk.
He said: “To be honest, if we give away two penalties in the first-half against King’s Lynn then we’ve only ourselves to blame having shot ourselves in the foot once again. We didn’t get the basics right and it cost us.”
“It’s frustrating because every time we put in a good performance and get three points, everyone thinks we’ve turned a corner and will push on and put a run together, only for us then to put in a poor display so soon afterwards.
“We weren’t good enough tonight (Tuesday) and lacked a cutting edge once again. King’s Lynn deserved the win.
“It may be that we need change things around a bit and bring in some fresh legs and/or some new faces. We’ve been able to play a fairly consistent 11 in the last few weeks but the performances haven’t matched that consistency.
“I may have changed a winning team by putting Akil Wright and David Morgan back in tonight but they have been key players when we’ve won games this season. It’s disappointing for Matt Baker and James Reid (who played in Saturday’s win) but we’re in this together and work as a squad.
“In fairness it was a rare blank scoresheet for us as we’ve been effective in front of goal most of the season. We had some openings but some of our decision making probably cost us goals.”
On the controversial penalty decision which led to the second King’s Lynn goal, Wilson added: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a referee allow an advantage in the penalty area after a foul that is worthy of a penalty kick, so for him to pull it back was strange but I don’t think it would have changed the outcome of the game even though it was only 1-0 at the time.
“We didn’t play well but we now have to regroup, take what positives we can from it and bounce back in another double-header this weekend.”
That double-header sees Ilkeston travel to Ashton United on Saturday before hosting Stamford at the New Manor Ground on Monday night.
Regarding Saturday’s win over FC United, Wilson was far more enthused by the performance put in, the points won thanks to a devastating 11-minute spell in the first-half that saw Ilkeston score three times through Che Adams, Rob Duffy and Kane Richards.
He said: “It was a great result for us.
“You always know that FC United will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season so we must be on the right lines.
“We’ve talked at length to the strikers about the importance of working in behind defenders and they did that very effectively. All three goals came from those situations and the quality was there for all to see.”