Wrexham manager Dean Saunders admitted that his players deserved nothing from the game after going down to a third successive 1-0 defeat at Kettering Town on Saturday.
The Dragons barely tested Poppies goalkeeper Lee Harper throughout the 90 minutes and looked almost bereft of inspiration in and around their opponents’ penalty area.
“I think it’s obvious to anyone who watches us at the moment is that we
are struggling to score goals,” said the Racecourse boss.
“In recent games, we’ve not had the run of the ball, we’ve had a bit of bad luck, we’ve had shots cleared off the line and we’ve conceded last minute goals. But today I can’t complain about their goal and we didn’t do enough.
“I haven’t got enough players out there with an instinct for goal and who can make things happen for us or get on the end of things.”
“That’s been proven in the last couple of months. The players have had enough games under their belts, so I’ve got to do something about it in the summer. I know what’s required and I will do it.
“And it was even more evident today watching their two strikers who just ran into the channels and knocked our defenders around and put the effort in. If we’d had those two playing for us today we might have done a bit better.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s visit to Ebbsfleet United, the penultimate match of the campaign, Saunders said he would again try to come up with a successful striker permutation.
“I’ll give a few more players a chance on Tuesday, but I’m getting fed up of losing games 1-0” he added. “We are trying to resolve the situation, but with Marc Williams getting injured and then Matt Jansen after him, we’ve been hit in that department.
“Nobody else has stepped up to the plate and nicked a few goals for us.
“I was hoping someone would get us a goal to give everyone a bit of confidence but at the moment we are struggling to score, which is unbelievable when you consider how many chances we have created all season.”
Having started Saturday’s game in a 4-3-3 formation Wrexham were clearly second best, but they began to dominate proceeding after reverting to 4-4-2 midway through the first half. But Saunders felt his players could have no excuses for their poor performance.
“It doesn’t matter what formation you play if your players are not competing, not winning challenges and not winning second balls,” he said.
“We started off with 4-3-3 and we had a lot of the ball early on. We played some nice football up to the edge of the box, but we never got enough shots off.
“I think Jeffo (Louis) had a chance that hit the goalie’s back and Silvio (Spann) had a couple of shots from the edge of the box.
“But I just felt that we looked a bit dodgy at the back when we didn’t have the ball. So before they scored a second goal I thought I’d nip that in the bud and make things a bit more solid.”