Colin Gordon bemoaned the absence of what he called “the final piece in the jigsaw” as he watched his Kidderminster Harriers side fall to a 1-0 defeat to Guiseley on Saturday.
Particularly in the second period of the contest at Aggborough, the reds were in total comfort – but without causing any real problems of their own.
There was arguably just one effort that really took Harriers close to scoring, when Elton Ngwatala’s effort rattled the inside of the post.
Other than that, the side struggled to create chances of note, so it was extra galling to see the visitors snatch all three points late one with a goal from a corner – so often Harriers’ Achilles this campaign.
Speaking after the game, Colin cursed the lack of a ‘focal point’ within the team – someone to charge home the possession and momentum that had been worked up, particularly by Harriers midfield trio.
“We haven’t controlled games all season, and at half time we changed one or two things and had words,” he explained.
“[After that] we did then control the game and we were bossing the game.
“No one could see them scoring, and what we lack is a killer instinct, and turning that possession in to goals.
“I was very pleased with the second half; with the way we kept recycling the ball – Elton and Ousmane were fantastic at that side of it and they gave us stability in midfield that we can play off.
“We lack what they had – their big number nine never let our defenders have any time at all on the ball and we need that.
“We haven’t got a focal point or a target man; somehow who can cause trouble and unrest defenders.
“We desperately need the final piece in the jigsaw.
“I was so pleased with the way the midfield three combined, but one or two of us were off colour today.”