Perth Glory are bereft of ideas about how to rectify a horrible goal-scoring record that has dumped them out of the top six for the second time this season in the wake of a 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium.
After 17 games, Glory are ranked third for goals conceded (18) but have scored just 18 goals at an average of a little more than one a game.
Glory hit the woodwork twice against Victory but were undone by defender Scott Jamieson’s own goal in the first half.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us, that’s for sure,” captain Jacob Burns said.
“But we were in a similar position last year and we can take comfort in the fact that there are still a lot of points to play for.
“We’re playing some good football but just not finding the back of the net.
“I’m positive, and the rest of the group’s positive, that once we do we’ll see ourselves get up that ladder.
“I wish I had the answers for that (goal scoring record) but it’s not through lack of trying, that’s for sure.”
Glory have suffered eight defeats in 17 games this season, all of them by a single goal.
“Again last night we’ve hit the post twice and the ball’s ricocheted across the line,” Burns said.
“I think we had something like 18 shots on goal to their eight.
“It’s a different story when you’re not creating those chances and you’re losing games by two or three (goals), but that’s another game we’ve lost by a single goal.”
Perth will go back to the drawing board next week for a game against last season’s grand final foe Brisbane at nib Stadium.
Glory have scored two 1-0 wins over Brisbane this season and Burns said confidence was still high in the squad despite registering just two points in their past five outings.