Kevin Wilson has again highlighted his Ilkeston FC side’s lack of firepower as a key area for concern after two more defeats.
A 2-1 loss at Witton Albion on Saturday was followed by exit from the Doodson Sport Cup at Belper Town on Tuesday night.
And despite both games seeing different personnel and formations deployed, a failure to create enough goalscoring chances was evident on each occasion.
Wilson said: “Against Witton and Belper we’ve played some good football but haven’t been able to do enough damage in the final third of the pitch.
“Everyone knows I’m looking to bring in another striker but it’s not always that simple. I won’t be paying out stupid money for anyone.”
The Witton defeat saw Wilson angry with the match officials, mostly due to Gary Ricketts being denied a blatant penalty just before half-time.
He said: “It was a very poor decision; even Witton boss Brian Pritchard said it was a penalty the second he saw it, so we were very aggrieved because had we been able to go in a goal up at half-time it would have put a different complexion on the game.
“We’ve not had much luck in the last couple of games with some bad refereeing decisions and the manner of the winning goals, but we have to pick ourselves up and get on with it.”
Of the Belper defeat, Wilson added: “This was always going to be a competition where we gave minutes to younger players because against good calibre opposition it’s the only way they’ll continue to improve at the required rate, which is really important.
“Our ethos is to blend youth with experience and that won’t change. We’re obviously disappointed to be out but we played well at times, again struggling in the final third.
“We were in control for long periods and the only difference was that Belper took their chances and we didn’t.”
Ilkeston will host struggling Stafford Rangers in the league at the New Manor Ground on Saturday.
Wilson said: “We got away with it a bit at their place with the two late goals, but they’ve changed manager and personnel since then so it will be a very different game.”
Meanwhile, Ilkeston have been drawn at home to FA Trophy conquerors Gresley FC in the third round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
The Robins’ defence of the competition will take place in the week commencing December 9.