Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer admits his side need a goalscorer after they were beaten 1-0 by table-toppers Stafford Rangers at The Marston’s Stadium,
Ben Haseley scored the game’s only goal midway through the first-half to seal the Nailers’ fate.
“It was a game of two halves, we showed them too much respect in the first-half so I gave my players a good talking too at half-time,” Palmer said.
“We had done our homework on them, we gave the players instructions on where their (Stafford’s) strengths were and who their better players are.
“There was four mistakes leading up to the goal, with our players being aware of what their strengths and qualities are that saddened me because that was the goal that won them the game.”
Having lost the game in a disappointing fashion, Palmer states what his side need to do in order to improve.
“It shows you how far we have come, we played these earlier in the season and got battered 6-0. I feel a draw would have been a fair result.
“It was very clear for everyone at the game to see, we need a goalscorer. We have not got anyone to put away the chances that we are creating.
“Their forward, Ben Haseley, did not do anything all afternoon but he has scored a goal from the one chance he got and he has won them the game.”
“We keep conceding sloppy goals, especially against the top sides. We went to Coalville and lost because we conceded three sloppy goals, we lost to Shaw Lane here where we also conceded sloppy goals.”
A game plagued with injuries saw Rob Stevenson and Danny Haystead forced off.
Palmer added: “Stevo (Stevenson) will be missing for four to five weeks, it was his hamstring, he wanted to play on but with that injury you will only make it worse.
“He was playing well but we had to be sensible and bring him off, which was a big blow for us.
“Danny (Haystead) has gone to the hospital today (Sunday), so we will find out tomorrow how bad that is, which again is a big blow.
“I have got Charlie Mansfield to come in, he has done well when he has come in for Danny in the past, hopefully he will impress again and stake a claim to keep the number one shirt.”
Following Wednesday’s win at Heanor, Belper Town have a Derbyshire Senior Cup Final to look forward to.
“I was pleased for the players, if we did not get to the final, our season could have just fizzled out,” he added.
“I still want to finish as high as possible in the league this season and the cup gives us a bit extra.
“The lads defended well, everyone saw that they wanted to kick us off of the park, they were a very physical team. We competed with them but got the ball down and played well at times to create the chances that won us the game.”