Adam Murray was left cursing Boston United’s lack of goals once again as his side went down 1-0 at Alfreton.
For the third time in their past four matches, the Pilgrims fired a blank.
And that inability to convert chances came back to haunt United as the Reds claimed three vital points.
“We’re missing a cutting edge really,” Murray said.
“In the past the team have had a poacher, someone who gets the goals.
“You look at the runs their centre forward, Hearns (Liam Hearn), made today. He’s done it for years.
“We don’t do that at the minute. We’re not getting into that vital area where it hurts sometimes to score a goal.
“That’s the bit that’s missing. You can have all the play in the world, all the opportunities in the world, but if you don’t put it in the back of ther net then you don’t get results.”
Hearn settled the contest in the 41st minute, charging to the front post to power home Sam Smith’s perfect cross, the Reds’ only real effort at Ross Durrant’s goal.
United sprung to life in the second half but former Pilgrims keeper Fabian Spiess pulled off a fine reaction stop to deny Alex Simmons, while Mani Dieseruvwe, Josh Robinson and Nat Brown were all denied by three goalline clearances in the space on a minute.
“You should just replay some of my interviews from seven games or so. It’s the same old story,” Murray lamented.
“We keep going into the dressing room and look at our goalkeeper and the work he’s done - and he’s done nothing again .
“They’ve had one effort and scored.
“We’ve had, I don’t know how many efforts, balls into the box, corners, free kicks. We haven’t come out of their half really.
“It is the story of the season, we need to get through this as quick as we can.
“It’s dragging a bit now as situations like that seem to be becoming the norm.
“When you look at the general play we feel comfortable in our play, but we didn’t threaten.
“Opportunity, chance, opportunity, chance and we’re not taking them. That’s the disaappointing bit.
“I’ve got people like Karl Hawley and Gregg (Smith) in the stands at ther minute, and I think those two would have 20 goals each by now.”