Daish's strike action - Fleet boss admits woe over mission to recruit a much-needed goal-getter
PUBLISHED: 17:10 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 23 August 2010
LIAM Daish has spoken of his frustration at being unable to bring in some much-needed firepower, with other bosses putting their in-form forwards off limits. The Ebbsfleet United boss has intensified an already-thorough striker search in the loan market
LIAM Daish has spoken of his frustration at being unable to bring in some much-needed firepower, with other bosses putting their in-form forwards off limits.
The Ebbsfleet United boss has intensified an already-thorough striker search in the loan market after seeing his Blue Square Premier strugglers draw 0-0 at Forest Green Rovers last Saturday - their third league game without a goal.
However, with his managerial counterparts intent on keeping hold of their own scoring stars, Daish's scouring and scouting has drawn a blank so far.
"We're looking at all options loan-wise, although it's difficult," the Fleet boss told the Reporter.
"I have been actively looking, but no one really wants to let go of that sort of player from within their ranks.
"That goes from the leagues above us to the division below, where to get someone like that is going to cost us money which we simply have not got.
"It's a case of taking a chance and having a gamble on someone, unless you can go and compete with the likes of Oxford United. They go and sign a proven goalscorer in Jamie Cook and we're not in that position, so it's a little bit more difficult."
He added: "If someone becomes available, then I'll go to the board and chairman and ask if I can bring that person in.
"Things are quite tight at the moment money-wise and I'm trying to release some funds within the squad by getting some of the younger lads out on loan to bring in a forward."
Daish will at least have been buoyed by a behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton's second string on Tuesday, when a young Fleet team earned a creditable 2-2 against an experienced Addicks' starting XI.
Next up for the Stonebridge Road club is this Saturday's home fixture with AFC Wimbledon, who are sure to bring a vociferous away support to Northfleet.
"It will be a great game for the players to be involved in and, hopefully, they'll relish that," Daish added.
"There should be a big crowd in with any luck, so the club will do well too.
"We're looking forward to it and, with the weather looking like it's going to turn, it should make for a good, quick game of football.
"It's another chance for us - like we did against Rushden and Diamonds and the first half hour versus Oxford - to have a right go at it and create and convert chances.