Kevin Wilson thinks his Ilkeston FC side need to get into gear much quicker in games if they’re to have any chance of winning promotion.
Their last two outings saw stoppage time goals earn firstly a win at Marine on Saturday and then a 3-3 draw at Stourbridge on Tuesday night.
But it’s the way the Robins are starting games which was a cause for concern for their boss as they continue to pursue a play-off spot as a minimum.
He said: “Against Marine we’ve started slowly and gone behind, giving us a lot to do.
“Then on Tuesday we didn’t get going at all in the first-half and paid the price again by being behind at half-time.
“Credit to the players, on both occcasions they’ve done really well to battle back and get four points from the two games, but I can’t help feel it might h ave been two wins had we started the games better.”
Of Saturday’s display, Wilson added: “We didn’t play well but got what could be a crucial win.
“Rob Duffy’s had to be patient but I was delighted he got the winner and with our spirit that kept us going to the end.”
The same could be said of Tuesday’s draw at Stourbridge, secured despite the Robins being reduced to ten men at 3-1 down before battling back to earn a point.
Wilson said: “We again didn’t get going quickly enough and although I felt we were hard done by with the penalty, we deserved to be behind at half-time.
“The red card was a poor decision too as Jack Lane clearly won the ball, but the referee had a poor game and I know I wasn’t the only one there to think that.
“But I’m pleased with the way we kept going and certainly deserved a point given we also hit the woodwork twice.”
Wilson felt the win at Marine on Saturday was soured by several comments and chants made towards young members of the Ilkeston squad during the game.
Fans have targeted young members of the squad many times during Wilson’s tenure and the Robins boss feels it is often unfair criticism.
He said: “Steve Chettle and I were fuming on Saturday as some of the stuff coming out of the fans’ mouths was totally unacceptable.
“These are young players who have done incredibly well to get us where we are this season and yet some fans think it’s useful to shout such awful things at them.
“It may only have been one or two fans who were probably drunk too, but it was a cheap shot and I don’t accept it.
“We had one shouting ‘get him off’ and that’s not right. We had another shouting all sorts of stuff at another player. We have players of 18 and 19 here and we are trying to help them develop their talent.
“Other people might accept it but I don’t. I wear my heart on my sleeve.”
Ilkeston are now preparing to face Buxton on Saturday before a trip to Warrington Town on Tuesday for their Doodson Sport Cup semi-final clash.