DONCASTER Rovers are continuing their efforts to bring in a striker on loan to cover for injured duo Billy Sharp and James Hayter.
Rovers failed in their bid to bring a player in ahead of last Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat against West Ham United.
But having failed to score against the Upton Park side they are likely to step up the search today.
“We are trying to get people in and we are looking at who is available, but with the the amount of money we’ve got in the coffers it’s a bit of a struggle,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly.
Typically, O’Kelly didn’t look for excuses and refused to blame the absence of Sharp, Hayter and attacking midfielder Ryan Mason for the defeat.
“They are all good players and you can’t argue with that,” he told The Star. “But they are injured and they can’t play so you just have to get on with it and bring other people in. All the players in the squad work with us every day and they all understand what their role is.”
The only goal of the game was scored by new West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan after just five minutes.
“I thought that it was a poor goal from our point of view to concede,” said O’Kelly.
Nolan went close to making it 2-0 when hitting the crossbar with a chip from outside the area on 17 minutes.
“That was absolutely brilliant,” enthused O’Kelly. “He’s a talented player.
“But we kept him quiet in the second half and I think that they had to worry about us more. We had spoken at half-time about needing a bit more belief and that we were good enough to be on the same pitch as them.
“I thought John Oster was very influential, especially at the start of the second half. He saw how congested the centre of the pitch was and he used the width of the pitch early doors.
“We moved James Coppinger back on to the right hand side and that made a big difference.
“He played in a different position in the first half and that is always difficult for a player. But he is a threat for us and he was very good in the second half. He’s a clever footballer and he makes excellent decisions.
“He was unlucky with a header and he also made a good run down the right.
“I thought that they were rocking in the second half considering the players and the experience they had out on the pitch, but we just couldn’t score a goal.”
Rovers second successive defeat leaves the club, who currently have nine players out injured, just above the bottom three.