McIntosh delighted with response to Ilkeston defeat

Danny Burns gets up to win a header in the match at Ilkeston on Saturday. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Danny Burns gets up to win a header in the match at Ilkeston on Saturday. Photo by Craig Lamont.

Martin McIntosh was left to compare chalk and cheese performances this as Buxton remained top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

The Bucks were beaten 1-0 at bottom-of-the-table Ilkeston FC on Saturday before Jamie Jackson’s second-half winner earned them a win by a similar scoreline at home to Corby Town on Tuesday night.

Teams below Buxton have games in hand but McIntosh believes the reaction his team showed in bouncing back from Saturday’s defeat emphasises the belief that the top end of the table could well be where the Bucks remain for some while.

He said: “At the end of the game on Saturday my key message to the players was to come back strongly for it on Tuesday and we did that, which was very pleasing.

“Saturday was probably our worst performance of the season so far but we then totally dominated against Corby and should really have won by more than the one goal.

“But in this division, how you respond to defeats is so important if you’re to do well and the fact we won this game shows the spirit we have.”

Ilkeston have only played six games so far this season due to their suspension at the start of the campaign, but Saturday’s win was their first league success.

And despite his disappointment with his own side’s display McIntosh paid tribute to Robins boss Paul Holland and his players.

He said: “We were a threat throughout as we created quite a lot of good chances but we were far from at our best.

“Credit goes to Ilkeston as they battled for everything and worked really hard.

“Had we got an equaliser I don’t think anyone could have complained at us getting a point but we certainly didn’t deserve to win the game.”

Against Corby, Buxton again were a prominent threat in the attacking third throughout with Jackson’s goal enough to take the points.

McIntosh added: “We controlled the game throughout and their goalkeeper had a great game. Ours, meanwhile, had almost nothing to do.

“We drew 1-1 with them a few weeks ago but I think both sides played better than they did that day.

“Our response to Saturday couldn’t have been any better as we were difficult to deal with all over the pitch and that was key to us winning.”

Attention now turns to another top four side as Buxtonhead to Hednesford Town on Saturday.

The West Midlands side were relegated from the National League North last season but have begun this campaign well, losing only once so far.

That will then be followed by a home game against Nantwich Town whose only three wins this season have all been on the road.

McIntosh said: “Hednesford will be up there with the toughest games we’ll face and, as with any away game against a top side, bringing home any points at all will be a great achievement.

“Nantwich are lower down the table but our two defeats so far have been against sides who are struggling so we can’t be complacent.”

McIntosh says striker Lee Bennett is ready to begin training again following injury but that captain Greg Young is still a minimum of a week away from returning.

McIntosh said: “These are two of our best and most important players so to have them back will be like two new signings. We’ve a limited squad to key players like this are vital to get back as soon as possible if we’re to maintain our start.”