Walsall manager Kevan Broadhurst looks to have been frustrated in his efforts to recruit a new striker before Sunday's trip to promotion-chasing Swansea City.
Broadhurst, who takes charge of just his second game with the relegationbattling club, has been desperately trying to address his side's poor goal scoring return by bringing in a loan player.
But despite having identified the man he wants, he has been unable to negotiate the player's release in time and unless the former Birmingham City defender can find an alternative before this afternoon, his team will have to go to South Wales with their regular options.
Which, admittedly, have improved recently following the return of Paul Devlin from injury and suspension. Devlin has played just twice since signing from Watford in January.
"We've had no joy at all," said Broadhurst. "We're very, very frustrated at the moment but that's life. It's one of those things in football. It's not unusual and we'll just get on and work as hard as we can."
Meanwhile, assistant manager Simon Osborn believes Walsall can draw optimism from recent displays against the division's top sides.
As well as draws at South-end United and Colchester United, Walsall also went to the Liberty Stadium in the LDV Vans Trophy and held Swansea to a 2-2 stalemate before going out on penalties.
Osborn thinks that experience could come in useful this weekend. "We went there with a very young team and took them to penalties so it proves what can be achieved if we work hard," he said.
"In our position we have to go into the game looking to win but at the same time we must make sure we are solid and hard to break down.
"The longer we can stay in it, the more the home fans will become edgy and that in turn will transfer itself to their players."