As his side switches focus from FA Cup to FA Trophy, Darlington boss Alun Armstrong has reiterated his desire for a new striker, but admits he has hit a “brick wall” in his attempt to replace Tyrone O’Neill.

Middlesbrough recalled O’Neill two weeks ago, just before the first meeting with Walsall ended 2-2, since when Boro have had one match for which he was an unused substitute.

The 20-year-old scored seven goals for Quakers, and was at Blackwell on Wednesday when his former team-mates controlled their replay with Walsall but they lacked a cutting edge and succumbed to a second-half set-piece goal.

A frustrated Armstrong has had no joy from contacting various clubs, including some in the North East, and he admitted: “I’m getting a bit of sick of saying ‘if we had scored’. We’re not scoring enough goals.”

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