Newport County strikers lacking 'belief', says boss Jimmy Dack

Striker Miles Storey is on loan at Newport from Swindon until the end of the season
Striker Miles Storey is on loan at Newport from Swindon until the end of the season

Manager Jimmy Dack has admitted Newport County's strikers are struggling with a lack of confidence in front of goal ahead of Saturday's match at Stevenage.

Of the Exiles forwards, only the on-loan Miles Storey has hit the back of the net in 2015.

That has seen a dip in form in which County win only two of their last nine games, although they remain in the League Two play-off places.

"You just need to have a little bit more belief," Dack said.

"Our forward line, I don't want to put too much pressure on them, but they haven't scored this year bar Miles who's come in. A lot of the goals have come from midfield.

Dack admits things have to change if Newport are to continue their promotion push in the final 12 games of the season.

"They need to get up and running," he said. "They work hard, all I ask is that you work hard and the harder you work the luckier you get, but at the minute we're not getting that luck," he added.

Newport County top scorers
Newport County top scorers (As of 6 March, 2015)

"There is an element of luck and there is an element of quality and at the minute we haven't got it, but it's not through the want of trying."

When asked if confidence was an issue for his forward players, Dack said: "Yeah, of course it is now, it would go into confidence. You know yourselves with strikers, if I ask them why they're not scoring they couldn't even tell you.

"Sometimes it just happens that way, you know what strikers are like, they get one or two and they seem to be scoring and they don't even know they're scoring.

"You know, things are coming off their legs and things like that, so they just have to keep working hard."

The Exiles will have wide man Robbie Willmott fit again for the trip to Broadhall Way, who Dack says will help bring them more "guile" in their attack, but Rene Howe and Aaron O'Connor are both injured.

Dack added: "He [O'Connor] has had a bit of a stop-start season in terms of injury again, we know ourselves once he's firing on all cylinders he's a force to be reckoned with in League Two."