Holland hails Ilkeston’s first league win of season over leaders Buxton

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Paul Holland hailed Ilkeston FC’s first league win of the season on Saturday after his side toppled league leaders Buxton at the New Manor Ground.

Anthony Dwyer’s first-half goal was enough to win the game and, aided by some excellent defensive work, the Robins held out to claim a vital three points.

And Holland was quick to praise his side afterwards.

He said: “It was a fantastic performance. We had our backs to the wall at times but it was similar to the Barwell game where we had the better chances and one was enough to win it.

“Buxton are top for a reason so to get the three points and a clean sheet was excellent. We defended well as a back five but those in front did their jobs too from a defensive perspective so I’m delighted, in fact we should really have scored more than the one we did.”

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Holland says he is still keen to bring in some forward players and is hoping to get some new faces to the club before too long, but paid tribute to match-winner Dwyer for his efforts.

He added: “He wants to impress and is getting his rewards. Like the whole group, he’s worked very hard in what’s been a difficult start for us.

“Full credit to them. We’re still largely a young side and are learning all of the time and are managing games far better at the moment too. We’ve nothing to fear in this league and now move on with confidence.”

Ilkeston head to Halesowen Town for a league fixture on Tuesday night before hosting Stourbridge in the FA Cup next weekend.