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Struggling Bees lack sting in front of goal
8:00am Friday 28th September 2012 in Sport
LEE Knight can’t believe his bad luck as Studley continue to fire blanks in this season’s Midland Alliance.
Studley created a shed-load of chances against rivals Boldmere St Michaels but couldn’t convert any of them as they suffered a 2-0 defeat.
The result leaves Studley hovering dangerously close to the Midland Alliance drop zone.
“I’m getting fed up with opposing managers coming up to me after games and saying, ‘you’ve got a good side here’ and then going off with the points,” Knight rued.
“For the first half hour against Boldmere, we played some of our best football of the season - how we didn’t score I don’t know as we created chance after chance.
“It’s not just the strikers - the rest of the players are to blame as well. We are missing chances from seven and eight yards out.
“I think Boldmere only had three shots throughout the game — but they scored two of them.
“We can’t keep missing chances the way we are, if we continue, we’ll be in trouble.
“I can’t go mad at the players, because they’re playing really well. It’s just the goals that are missing and the players know that themselves.”
With the Bees lacking a cutting edge in attack, Knight is hoping to inject some new life into his squad prior to thuis Saturday’s trip to Dunkirk.
“I will do my best to bring a striker in this week as a partner to Nathan Edgington ahead of our trip to Dunkirk,” Knight said.
“If I can’t get anyone, I have no problems in naming exactly the same side.”
Studley’s problems were compounded against Boldmere when they had the play the final 15 minutes with 10 men after substitute Liam O’Shea broke down with a hamstring problem.
Knight will ask his players to show much more composure in front of goal at Dunkirk.
“I know what we’ll be doing in training this week,” he said. “I’m going to get 50 balls and we’ll practice crossing and shooting!”