ALTHOUGH he might be seeking someone to put the ball in the back of the net after two 0-0 draws, new Guiseley manager Paul Cox reckons he will be able to keep patience with his charges.

After stalemates at home to Eastleigh on Saturday and at Barrow on Tuesday, Cox admitted: "I sometimes come across as being a very impatient man, and I don't really want to be like that with this group of players.

"There is a lot that will come naturally as long as we keep trying to do the right things and try to progress, but first things first – we have laid some very strong foundations with these two draws and we are looking a very hard side to beat.

"First and foremost it is about keeping clean sheets, but there is more to come from this group of players."

Cox added, however: "I have told the players to make sure that the shape of the side is right, the desire is there, the work ethic is there and everything else will come.

"However, I am going to need to add to what we have got because at the minute we can't seem to buy a goal – but that will come."

One thing that struck him though on a night of wind and rain at Holker Street, where Cox was manager only a few weeks ago, was how his Guiseley players could have used the ball a tad better.

He said: "We spoke at half-time. I have some technically very gifted players and I thought we could have relaxed a bit more with the ball."

On a filthy evening, Cox was quick to pay tribute to the 52 Guiseley fans who got drenched in an open terrace.

He said: "When you see people who have travelled this far on a Tuesday night and paid hard-earned money with the severe weather warnings that were about, I went over to thank them because we need them behind us.

"It is very humbling when people travel that distance and pay that kind of money to support us, and the players are fully appreciative of what they have done for us."

Cox added: "We knew that the weather forecast was for saturating rain, and it really did come down.

"All of the players are wet through, both benches are wet through and the whole of the stadium was absolutely drenched, but you couldn't really tell how strong the wind is.

"It was really strong, and both sets of players tried to do their best in really severe conditions."

Next up for second-from-bottom Guiseley, who have won only one of their ten matches so far this season, is a trip to sixth-placed Wrexham on Saturday.

The Welsh club are in a log jam of 13 teams separated by only four points.

"They don't get any easier do they?" said Cox of this weekend, but he has already shown loyalty to his players.

He said: "I have told them that if they get the shirt and play well then they will stay in it.

“We've come up against good sides, but we should have beaten Eastleigh on Saturday, despite the resources they have got, while not many teams come to Barrow and get a point."