Danny Higginbotham, the Sheffield United defender, says discovering a prolific goalscorer holds the key to their hopes of promotion from League One.
Last season’s beaten play-off semi-finalists, whose search for a new manager has now entered a fourth week, scored only once during the final five matches of a campaign which culminated in that disappointing and potentially costly defeat by eventual winners Yeovil Town.
But having conceded less than a goal per game throughout the entire competition, Higginbotham insists that increasing its firepower will unlock the potential in the South Yorkshire club’s squad.
“Basically, we just didn’t score enough,” he said. “And ultimately that cost us.
“There were times when we didn’t play badly. In fact, we actually played pretty well and didn’t come away with all three points.
“In a competition of such small margins, you can’t afford to do that and it all caught up in the end.
“It’s not just down to the lads up front though. Everyone, all of us, should have contributed more.
“Because, if that’s the case, then you’ve got to make sure those (goals) are spread around.
“That’s something we’ve got to work on and look at. But people shouldn’t be fooled into thinking there aren’t some good players here.”
Higginbotham, who joined United from Stoke City in January, revealed “helping us get to the Championship” was his sole objective following his debut against Doncaster Rovers on New Year’s Day.
Nevertheless, despite failing to achieve that aim, he has no regrets about moving to Bramall Lane.
“Sheffield United are a big club, a really big club,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to have been in some great dressing rooms and this is one of them.
“Now I’m just looking forward to getting back into pre-season training and giving it another go.”