EASTBOURNE Borough boss Garry Wilson is eager to get injured striker Carl Rook into the side as soon as possible to bolster his attacking options.
It was a disappointing opening week of the season for Boro’ who picked up just one point from a possible six following a home draw with Farnborough and a poor away defeat at Dartford.
Wilson refused to use injuries as an excuse but admitted the shape of the side was not right, particularly up front.
“Both Ben Watson and Ian Pulman operate better off a big striker, so to be missing Carl (Rook) is a blow for us.
“He can give us that balance that we are perhaps lacking at the moment so the sooner we can get him back the better.
“He is kicking a ball and is closer to full-fitness.”
Wilson is still missing the talents of Rook, Ben Austin, Gary Hart, Ross Treleaven and could also be without Gary Charman for up to three weeks after he pulled out of the Dartford match.
Left back Sonny Cobbs was also withdrawn after 34 minutes of the match with a tight hamstring.
“It leaves us very short and centre back is a problem. I can get hold of players but it comes down to finances.
“We have injuries but players cannot use that as excuses. They are better players than what they have shown so far. I’m bemused by Tuesday’s performance. Pre-season was very encouraging but they have to do it when it matters.”
One of the few positives to emerge from the game were the performances of centre half Ollie Rowe and Sam Cole who reverted to left back after Cobbs limped off.
Midfielder Ethan Strevett also came off the bench and netted his first league goal for the club.
Next up for Boro’ is an away trip to Dorchester who have experienced contrasting fortunes after in first two games of the season. They lost their first match 4-0 to title hopefuls Dover but hit back against Maidenhead with a 4-0 victory of their own.
Although the game might come too early for Rook, Wilson is demanding a massive improvement.
“I expected at least four points and was hoping for six from our first two games. I am extremely disappointed and it’s important we start improving.
“I told the players that I don’t mind losing 2-1 but I expect better from them in terms of performance.
“I made my feelings very clear to them.”
Midfielder Eddie Hutchinson is available for selection despite his red card for grabbing a Farnborough player around the throat after the final whistle against Farnborough. His suspension starts 14 days after his dismissal.
Wilson added, “I have not seen the incident on DVD but I’m not happy with it. We can’t afford to be losing players for incidents like that. Discipline at the club is good and it’s rare for something like to happen.
“He (Eddie) grabbed one of their guys around the neck and you just can’t do that. We cannot afford to be getting involved in things like that – it was very stupid.”
On Tuesday Boro’ welcome Bromley to Priory Lane for the first midweek home match of the season.
LEFT: Striker Carl Rook has struggled for fitness since arriving at Priory Lane in the close season