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Cox targets new striker

24 September 2012

Manager Paul Cox is hoping to sign a new striker to strengthen his attacking options.

Cox has been deprived of attacking alternatives in recent weeks following the three match suspension of hot shot Matt Green, Nick Wright’s ankle problem and Ben Hutchinson still recovering from an achilles injury.

Long-term absentee Ross Dyer is out for the season, leaving Matt Rhead and Jake Speight available as the only out-and-out strikers in the past two matches.

And speaking at this morning’s press meeting, Cox didn’t rule out the prospect of a new signing before tomorrow night’s trip to Macclesfield, weather permitting.

“It’s a possibility that we could have someone in before tomorrow night, but a lot will need to be done before that and I’ll have to do some wheeling and dealing,” said Cox.

“We went into Saturday with two fit strikers in the entire squad and with a club with aspirations like ourselves, then I don’t think this will benefit us.   The two boys have done well.  Speight is on five goals at the minute and Rheady always puts himself around.

“In the second half we played with a central midfielder up front and if we have aspirations then we are going to have to compete with the likes of Luton and clubs like that.

“We’re expected to be up there and challenging (in the table), but to go into a long period of games with two fit strikers isn’t the best scenario.  A striker coming in would freshen us up.”

Ahead of tomorrow's trip to the Moss Ross, Cox will again be without Matt Green, who will serve the last of a three game suspension.  Nick Wright (knee), Jamie Hand (knee), Gary Roberts (ankle) and Ross Dyer are all ruled out, while the game could come too soon for Ben Hutchinson.

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