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Devonshire struggling to put his finger on the reasons for Maidenhead United's poor run

Alan Devonshire has said it's hard to put his finger on the reasons for Maidenhead United's poor run of form, but he's hoping they'll have some luck on their side against in-form Halifax Town on Saturday.

The Magpies suffered a 2-0 defeat at Barrow on Saturday, John Rooney and Scott Quigley netting either side of half-time at Holker Street.

It stretches the Magpies winless run in the National League to six matches - something Devonshire warned might happen in such a competitive league. But he knows the rot must be stopped soon if they want to avoid being dragged further down the table.

"We maybe got the rub of the green in the opening weeks of the season but we're not getting it now," he said. "That's the National League for you. Chesterfield went through a poor spell at the start of the season and it looks like we're going through it now.

"We've just got to work hard and get down to doing what we do best. We can't ponder on it. We've had a few injuries to be fair and have still got Shamir (Fenelon) and Remy (Clerima) out, but that's no excuse.

"I'd say that we ain't been getting what we should have got (in terms of results), but it's hard to put your finger on why. We played well against Dover last week. It was one of our best performances at home this season but we ended up losing the game.

"It's a tough old league and if you make mistakes defensively you'll get hurt. We've just got to roll our sleeves up and hope we get a little bit of luck on Saturday."

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