Manager Wilson still has belief in Robins despite their form dip
ILKESTON boss Kevin Wilson is hoping his side can brush off two disappointing performances and make a push for the Evo-Stik League Premier Division play-offs.
The Robins followed the 2-0 defeat to Stafford Rangers, which ended their eight-match unbeaten league run, with a 1-1 draw at lowly Stocksbridge Park Steels last weekend.
Wilson was again less than impressed with his team's display – but they remain only six points off a coveted top-five spot.
"When you go away from home and get a point, you're usually happy but we were disappointed with the performance again, individually and collectively," he said.
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"Over recent weeks, I've not said that too many times. We've only lost two of our last 14 games.
"We've still got belief in the squad and, hopefully, we can push for the play-offs.
"When you lose a few games, everyone is disappointed – but I keep having to remind myself that two years ago, this club didn't exist.
"We have come a long way on and off the field, with the academy and the first team.
"We need a reality check, occasionally. We've done remarkably well."
After winning promotion last term, Wilson is close to reaching his first target this season – compiling enough points to retain their Premier Division status.
"It looks like with one more win (to get to 40 points), we should have done enough to avoid relegation," he said.
"The next step is to make a concerted effort to reach the play-offs.
"It looked like 75 points might be needed to get in there but, based on recent results, that could come down to about 70."
Tomorrow, Ilkeston take on another side aiming for the play-offs, eighth-placed Ashton United, at the New Manor Ground.
A 3-0 win at Ashton in November marked something of a turning point for the Robins.
"That was really where our good run started and things changed for us," said Wilson.
The Robins' ecent signing from Mickleover Sports, Kieran O'Connell, is set to be handed a place in the starting line-up this weekend after impressing from the bench against Stocksbridge.
"Once they had equalised, we brought on Kieran O'Connell and he made a difference," said Wilson.
"He was bright and lively and will start this weekend. He deserves his chance."
Player-coach Rob Kozluk is still sidelined with a knee injury that kept him out of the Stocksbridge game but striker Alex Ford (hamstring) could return.