Hartson not too concerned
Wales coach John Hartson feels the team's poor strike rate in recent matches is "not a major worry" and is optimistic the goals will soon come.
The Dragons head into Friday's World Cup qualifying clash with Scotland at Cardiff City Stadium having scored only once in their last five games - Gareth Bale's effort in the 6-1 drubbing in Serbia last month.
That loss, coming after a 2-0 home defeat to Belgium, means Chris Coleman's bottom-placed side have no points from two fixtures in Group A so far and are in urgent need of finding some goalscoring form ahead of the qualifying double-header against the Scots and Croatia, who they take on in Osijek next Tuesday.
The issue is certainly not lost on former Wales striker Hartson, who netted 14 times in 51 matches for his country, but the 37-year-old reckons defending might be a more pressing concern right now and is confident the team has goals in it.
"It is a concern that you don't get goals from your frontmen, but it's not only your strikers you need to look at," Hartson said.
"It is the whole team we look at, and when the team is on the front foot and playing well, the goals will come.
"I think it's more of a problem of conceding them at the moment rather than scoring them.
"It (goalscoring) is not a major worry to us at the minute.
"If we weren't really creating chances I'd be more worried. Hopefully on Friday we can create plenty of chances, get the crowd behind us and we can score some goals."
Wales have been on a general slide of late, having lost all five of their games since Coleman succeeded the late Gary Speed as manager.
Along with the emotional impact Speed's death has had on the squad, Hartson believes the Dragons have also suffered plenty of bad luck with regard to player availability.
James Collins is currently suspended following his red card in the Belgium game and although Gareth Bale (heel) and Adam Matthews (ankle) are expected to be fit for Friday, there are several absentees through injury, including 33-year-old forward Craig Bellamy (knee), whose international future is somewhat uncertain at the moment.
Hartson regards his former team-mate as "arguably our best player" and is keen for him to continue - but is not about to speculate on the matter.
Hartson said: "We would love him to be here - he is a great player and he has great respect from everybody here.
"But looking to the future, I really don't know.
"I don't think the door is closed by any means for his return, but you'll have to ask him."
Regarding his own career, Hartson is enjoying the coaching role he has been handed by Coleman, describing it as a "wonderful opportunity".
After retiring from playing and then overcoming cancer, the Swansea native made an unsuccessful bid to succeed John Toshack as Wales boss in 2010, and he says he is currently in "no rush" to get the top job.
"If I'm really honest with myself, I probably wasn't ready - I'd just finished playing and overcome a really serious illness - but it was a job I'd have loved to have done back then," Hartson said.
"Now I'm in a better position in terms of learning, and I'm in no rush - I'm 37 and I can have a plan in terms of my future, but certainly short-term I'm just looking to learn as much as I can."
Wales' losing streak has seen the pressure mount on Coleman, who has opted to switch his captain from Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey to Swansea skipper Ashley Williams.
While Hartson feels Ramsey will captain Wales again one day, he has endorsed the move and referring to Coleman, he said: "To take this job on, which was a very difficult job with everyone having felt so close with Gary, he was very brave, and it is going to take time.
"I have a lot of admiration for Chris Coleman and I just hope we can get it right."
Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford has today been quoted as saying the body are "100%" behind Coleman, but that earning points in the next two games is "a bit of a must".
Ford, quoted by BBC Sport, said: "Absolutely 100% we back him.
"We sat down with Chris after the shock defeat away in Serbia.
"Chris has made some fundamental changes and we support him and wish our team all of the best success for the match coming up this Friday."
Asked if Wales need two good results against Scotland and Croatia, Ford said: "Absolutely.
"Let's just hope we get some competitive football out there and some points on the board is a bit of a must in my mind."