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Diss Town boss Taylor reveals striker search as Tangerines continue to misfire

PUBLISHED: 09:28 09 February 2012

Robert Taylor. Picture: Simon Finlay

Robert Taylor. Picture: Simon Finlay

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Diss Town boss Robert Taylor has revealed he is looking to sign two strikers to add some much-needed firepower to his side.

The Tangerines have scored just 25 goals in 28 Ridgeons Premier Division games this season and share the league’s worst goalscoring record with basement boys Great Yarmouth Town.

Taylor’s misfiring outfit have slipped to 17th in the 21-team table and the Diss manager admits his team’s lack of goals have hampered their first season back in the league.

“We’re playing well enough and creating chances so I’m not worried - we’re just looking to find the final pieces in the jigsaw,” said Taylor.

“Bringing in ideally two goalscorers will hopefully help us win more games. We would have added 21 points to our total this season if we had taken our chances. Those seven wins would have put us towards the top of the table.

“We need more competition for places up front. We can’t keep relying on certain players every week. We need to take them out of the firing line and give them a rest as they’re not scoring goals. We haven’t had that opportunity and we’ve ended up playing central midfielders up front.

“Maybe we’ve lacked a bit of luck in front of goal but we’ve got a lot of young players who are probably a bit naive. They will get there eventually but we need to bring in players with a bit of experience, to score goals, to keep ourselves in this division.”

Taylor said the club’s committee had recognised the need to bring in new players and was hopeful of signing a couple of players in the next fortnight.

Diss, whose home game with FC Clacton was postponed at the weekend, are scheduled to travel to Wisbech Town on Saturday. Taylor has a full squad of 20 players to chose from.

The Tangerines are looking to build on their 0-0 draw with high-flying Ely City in their last league game as they search for their first win since Boxing Day.

Taylor said: “It was a good point against Ely but we should have won the game. To be fair we had enough chances to win it so it’s two points missed more than one gained.

“It’s been our problem all season. We haven’t scored enough goals. We’ve got a good defensive record, we’ve only conceded 40 goals, but we can’t put the ball in the net regularly enough.

“The defence can only hold out for so long – you can’t defend for 90 minutes because eventually the pressure to do so becomes too much.

“It’s been a harsh lesson because at this level strikers are being paid good money to score goals. If you make one mistake defensively you get punished.

“I can’t fault the lads effort and we’ve played some lovely football this season but we need to be more ruthless. Playing well doesn’t win you games. You’re not judged by performances, you’re judged by results.

“Usually teams struggling to win games are low in morale but we’re full of confidence. We will travel to Wisbech, if the game’s on, in high spirits.”


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