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Saadane admits striker woes

Desert Foxes coach calls for 'rare bird' striker

Last Updated: 24/06/10 6:27pm

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Saadane: Striker search

Saadane: Striker search

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Algeria coach Rabah Saadane believes his side need some major surgery in the attacking third of the pitch after crashing out of the World Cup.

The Desert Foxes had a glimmer of hope of reaching the last 16 of the South Africa finals for the first time in their history heading into their final Group C game against the United States in Pretoria.

However, Landon Donovan's stoppage-time goal dashed the Algerians' dreams and left the African outfit bottom of the pool with just one point to their credit from three matches.

Algeria failed to score a goal throughout the tournament and have now netted just once in seven games stretching back to the African Cup of Nations and Saadane confessed they crave a goalscorer.

"I think we could have done better (against the USA)," said Saadane who admitted he was considering his future. "We shot from distance a great deal. We had a number of goalscoring chances and we should have done better.

"There was also a lot of pressure on the strikers and I think they missed a number of chances because of the pressure on them.

"I think the national team needs to find new players.

"We've found strong midfielders and defenders and now we need to find those rare birds that are top strikers.

"I think we need to work a great deal more to achieve greater stability. The strikers need greater cohesion. Those are a couple of factors we need to look at."

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