UWE Rosler has backed his strikers to end their goal drought and get Brentford back on track.
Clayton Donaldson , Gary Alexander and Mike Grella have managed a disappointing six league goals between them all season, with midfielder Sam Saunders topping the scoring charts at Griffin Park.
The Bees have fired blanks in their last two outings as they crashed out of the FA Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy to lower league opposition this week.
But boss Rosler, a former Manchester City frontman, has given the trio a vote of confidence ahead of tomorrow's crunch clash with Hartlepool at Griffin Park.
He said: “I had a spell when I was playing where I couldn't buy a goal, so I know how the lads feel.
“Clayton has been playing very well, but is going through a patch where he's not scoring as many as we all hoped.
“He's doing a great job for the team and is getting in the right positions. He has proved himself in the past and shown once he starts scoring goals he won't stop.
“Gary has only recently come back from injury, and played really well for the first three games. But when you are out for a long period it takes time to keep that level up.”
Brentford have found the net just 22 times in 19 league games – Tranmere are the only side in the top half of the League One table with fewer goals.
Rosler admits he is still in the market for a fourth frontman, with Cliftonville hitman Rory Donnelly a reported target, and could address the issue when the window reopens in January.
He added: “We've always kept a spot open for another striker, so we're always on the lookout.
“But it has to be the right player at the right price within the constraints of our budget.”
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