Darren Murphy has dismissed concerns about his misfiring strikers after Dungannon Swifts claimed their third win of the season against Coleraine.
A Chris Lavery goal secured another three points and ended the Bannsiders’ unbeaten start in a lacklustre encounter at Stangmore Park.
But it was another frustrating afternoon for Dungannon’s front pairing of Stefan Lavery and James Costello.
The two have failed to score so far this season – indeed Lavery has just one league goal in 2013.
And without Darren Boyce – ineligible because of his loan deal from Coleraine – Dungannon lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
However, Murphy said his strikers’ barren run is not a major worry.
“I don’t think it is,” he said.
“There were games last season when we went long, long spells without scoring.
“We’ve played six league games and scored in every match.”
Lavery had a couple of good efforts – the best following a cross from Cameron Grieve which he glanced wide of the target.
“Stefan is low on confidence and is trying to hit the perfect ball,” added Murphy.
“The plus is that he is getting there and missing chances. Hopefully Stefan gets a goal because his work-rate deserves one.
“He epitomises everything you want from your team – effort, commitment and desire.”
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney admitted he was frustrated by his players’ failure to capitalise on a series of great chances, particularly in the second half.
“On chances created I think we probably should have got something out of the game,” he said.
“Dungannon have taken their chance, while we didn’t and in that respect they deserved three points. I didn’t get the reaction I wanted when we went behind.”