PREVIEWS + NO LOAN STRIKER
Palmer struggles to find loan striker
STAGS boss Carlton Palmer has conceded he may not get a loan striker in time to face high-flying Darlington at Field Mill on Saturday (3pm).
Palmer, under pressure to get a second League win of the season, was hoping to bolster his depleted strike force before Saturday.
But a deal fell through this morning and he said: "It is disappointing as I thought we had one sorted.
"Their manager told me the lad was available. but then he's come back today to say they have injuries and he won't let him out.
"I doubt anything will happen for Saturday now."
Palmer came under fire from a section of fans this week after Friday's surrender at Chester City and some of them have threatend to organise a protest against him this Saturday.
It remains to be seen if this will materialise, but Palmer said; "I don't understand why anyone would want to do that.
"We have a side of good young lads here who have played well in all but a couple of League matches and are in the second round of the Cup after beating a very good Stoke side.
"I believe it is only a small section of fans, but I have made my mind up to continue with my agenda unless the chairman says otherwise.
"When we were on the verge of beating Notts County with seven minutes left on Bank Holiday Monday the fans were chanting 'Palmer give us a wave' and yet they are now talking about protests. It is hypocritical.
"All they will do by protesting before Saturday's game is put a lot of pressure on young lads and give Darlington a leg-up."
Palmer added: "Friday was a bad day all round. Before that we had done well without picking up the points.
"But we need to start picking them up. I am looking for a good, positive reaction.
"These are good young players. But if you can't play in this League they will be struggling.
"It is not a great league and not much better than the Conference. I know they have the ability but now they need to show belief in their ability, cut out the mistakes, and find some consistency."
Jake Buxton (dead leg) is a big doubt for the game while Stephen Dawson (ankle) is hopeful of playing against a Darlington side unbeaten away from home this season.
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