YOU could count on one hand the number of shots Dons took against Preston, and manager Karl Robinson has admitted he doesn’t know why his players aren’t pulling the trigger.
Firing off just four efforts during the 0-0 draw at Deepdale on Sunday, fans are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of goals coming their way, having celebrated just 15 in the opening 12 league games.
Robinson defended his side’s style of play, but said he doesn’t know why his attackers have been passing the ball rather than shooting at the opportune moments.
“You’d have to ask them, because they’re told to shoot!” he said. “But we’re creating the chances, and as long as we’re making the chances, we don’t need to change anything.
“We play with a lot of striking options – it’s a very attacking formation. We’re just not taking these chances. But we’re not conceding goals either.
“People have short memories. We scored more goals in the last two years than we ever have before.
“Why last year was it so great, and now it’s not? If we didn’t have the chances, you can ask that question, but we’re just not taking those chances when they come along.
“All you can do is work harder. Keep doing what you’re doing, keep believing in what you’re doing and keep the faith. Everything here is right and eventually it will turn.
“We need to start turning these chances into goals. I don’t know why the system is coming under fire because we have a 50 per cent win record – the best we’ve ever had.
“I just want someone to put the ball in the back of the net!”
Charlie MacDonald and Ryan Lowe both came off the bench for the last 25 minutes on Sunday and got themselves into promising positions – Lowe was caught narrowly offside when through on goal, and MacDonald was clattered by Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann with five minutes to play, only to see his penalty appeals waved away.
And while his strikers are misfiring, Robinson admitted he has his eyes on two front men who will add a little something extra to his squad.
He said: “I believe Charlie and Lowey will come good. They’re fantastic professionals and I know they’ll turn it around,” said the Dons boss.
“But while it’s turning around, I’ve got to make sure we’re on the front foot all the time.
“There are two players I’m looking at, but it’s not fair to their clubs, the players or their agents to mention them.
“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a striker in the right financial bracket though. But we’re looking for someone who we believe is good enough.”
In the meantime, Robinson is confident that at some point in the near future, his side will find the net in emphatic style, potentially against Stevenage this Saturday.
When asked whether someone was due a hammering, he said: “Hopefully the whole league! We’ll have to wait and see.”