Gary Owers stressed the need to bolster his squad after United suffered a 2-0 defeat to Boreham Wood at Meadow Park.

A goal from Angelo Balanta and a disputed penalty from Bruno Andrade decided the match.

“I need to get some players in,” said Owers after the final whistle. “I’m not being disrespectful, I’m only being honest. I keep picking the same lads; they’re the only lads I’ve got. It is up to me now in the next couple of days to get some fresh blood in the squad”.

“I need as much quality as possible, and I’m trying to add at least two more strikers. I’ve got an important meeting with one tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be waiting on the outcome of a favourable phone call on Tuesday. That will be my two and then after that I’ll try and add an aggressive midfield player and see where we go from there.

“We have to be better in the final third. I look at their goals today, we lose 2-0, and we concede a really poor goal from a corner because one of our players didn’t mark their player as they should have, and it’s a free header. We’ve stayed in the game and the second goal comes because of a strange decision, shall we say. We just need something at the top end of the pitch, a cutting edge, everybody knows it. I have to try and solve that problem pretty quickly.”

“I’m trying as hard as I can. People look at the league table and they say ‘no thank you’. I’ve only got X amount of pounds, although I will be supported. It is persuading people to come and play for a team that is struggling at the bottom of the league.”

Owers refused to let a controversial penalty decision that went against United cloud the team’s performance.

“I can hide behind that if I want to and I shan’t.  Up to that point we hadn’t really looked like we were going to get anything out of the game. So I was disappointed with the performance. But, at 1-0 down we were very much still in the game. Four attacking players on and you always get a chance or two, you feel.”

“The referee gives that penalty decision. I’m in shock, really. I’ve never seen that in my life, ever. I told the ref that I’ll never see it again, I don’t think. The goalkeeper has got the ball in his hands and the ball is nowhere. Their player runs into Alex Davey, and the linesman, I believe, has told the ref.

“It’s not fair on the players; it’s not fair on the fans.

“The support has been brilliant but they want more, they want more for their pound note. They want me to be better. They want the players to be better. I understand that. That’s what we’re going to try and do.”