With his team misfiring at one end of the pitch Walsall manager Kevan Broadhurst at least has the consolation that he has something of an embarrassment of riches at the other for tonight's game at Tranmere Rovers.
After his back four acquitted themselves well at promotion-chasing Swansea City last time out, Broad-hurst can now add Ian Roper in to the selection mix after the stalwart centre-back returned from a one game suspension.
Broadhurst must decide whether to unsettle the pairing of Anthony Gerrard and Pablo Mills for the crucial trip to Prenton Park or retain the same side that left South Wales with a 1-1 draw.
Whatever he decides to do the new Walsall manager admitted Roper's availability comes at a good time for a team deep in the mire in the League One relegation zone.
"'Ropes' is a top-drawer defender," said Broadhurst. "I was pleased with the way that our back four handled themselves on Sunday, but Ian will certainly come into the equation for Friday's game. It is a boost to have him available again."
But Broadhurst's concerns will be his team's parlous goalscoring record. Having found the back of the net just once in the last four matches he knows it is a problem that must be rectified.
He will be hoping that the return to first team football of Paul Devlin will aid his cause after the former Birmingham City winger completed his first full 90 minutes since joining in January.
"Paul's experience gives us more chance to build and get people in advanced positions," said Broadhurst.
"Our lack of goals has been a big worry for us and our leading goalscorer only has a couple of goals to his name. But Paul has the ability to cause problems and help those players around him."
There is, however, still a doubt over Dean Keates' participation. The midfielder is still struggling with a ham-string injury.
"Risking him short-term to potentially lose him long term is not good business," added Broadhurst.
James Constable is expected to be available after receiving treatment for a minor hamstring strain.
Meanwhile Tranmere manager Brian Little has the luxury of choosing from the same squad that beat Chesterfield 4-1 and has said changes are "unlikely".