Graham Turner, the Shrewsbury Town manager, hopes his squad’s decision to hold a clear-the-air meeting will provoke a positive response when Sheffield United visit Greenhous Meadow this weekend.
The Shropshire club is uncomfortably close to the League One relegation zone having taken seven points from its last nine games and will enter Saturday’s contest searching for only a second win since August.
Turner, who is set to name Luke Summerfield in his starting eleven after the midfielder was prescribed a course of treatment designed to cure a persistent groin complaint, said: “We had a team meeting immediately after our last match (against Brentford) and the feeling from all in the dressing room is that we are not far away. But we need to start putting it right very quickly.
“Having such a discussion after games is common and, collectively, there are a number of options that you can look at. But we want the players to maintain the belief in the way we play.
“The finger always points at the strikers but your goals have also got to come from wide positions, midfielders and defenders from set plays.”
Confirming he does not view the loan market as a magic cure for the ills which have seen Town drop to 18th in the table, Turner added: “You can’t keep accumulating players and I believe the strikers that we have here are good enough. What we need to do is continue to believe and work on the training ground.
“I will sit down, in the quieter moments, and think through the team. It’s easy with hindsight.”
Summerfield, the son of former Sheffield Wednesday coach Kevin, made a brief second-half cameo during Town’s defeat at Griffin Park after receiving an injection designed to alleviate the injury.
Turner, speaking ahead of the meeting with 20th placed United, said: “Luke had an injection on Friday and it was a nerve problem in the groin area. I think the injection might well have cured it.”