STEVE WATSON says Darlington might be forced into the transfer market after a further injury blow - but has called on his fit players to dust themselves down after the midweek Boston disappointment.

Quakers paid the price for missed chances as they went down 2-0 at Boston and failed to build on their South Shields victory.

The defeat means Darlington remain seven points adrift of safety with just 13 games to play, with Watson left frustrated at Tuesday night's missed opportunity.

To add to Darlington's woes, Cardo Siddick was forced off in the early stages of the second half with what Watson fears is a repeat of a hamstring injury he's had in the past and the defender could now be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Tom Platt was also replaced in the second half with a dead leg.

Watson will now assess Darlington's transfer options to see if it's possible to bolster his squad.

"Cardo looks like he's pulled his hamstring so I wouldn't be surprised if that was a lengthy one, he's had hamstring problems before he came to the club," said the Darlington boss, who will quickly put Tuesday's disappointment behind him and says his players must do the same ahead of Saturday's visit of Buxton.

"This game should have been the turning point for us," he said.

"That should have been the back to back win that's been so elusive. but that doesn't change how we go into Saturday.

"We have to go into Saturday believing we can win. We can 100% win on Saturday. We have to dust ourselves down.

"We can't be too disappointed. We can't be doom and gloom, we have to get back into training, see who's fit and who isn't and have a look at if there's anything we can do to bolster the squad in certain positions because we have picked up a couple of injuries.

"Then we have to get mentally and physically ready to go again on Saturday and look to get three points, there's no other way."

If Darlington are to stand any chance of getting out of trouble, they can't afford to continue to miss chances like they did at Boston.

Watson said: "Football is about taking your chances, it's about those fine margins.

"When you're on top and creating you need to score. You need to also make better decisions defensively.

"When you don't get the lead, you're open to a sucker punch and that's what happened. We only have ourselves to blame. We're at the stage where we really are creating chances, first half we could have been ahead and the game is different.

"In the second half, in fairness to Boston they sorted our system out, they were a lot more dangerous, won a lot more balls at the top end but also won second balls.

"As much as the missed chances, one of the big disappointments for me was the last half hour. We looked like we'd ran out of ideas. We didn't stop trying, that's nothing you could accuse the lads of, but we stopped creating.

"We went route one and that's not what we're good at and not how we're going to get success.

"We worked on ways to get out from the back, we have to be confident and brave. We huffed and puffed but the game should have been put to bed in the first half.

"You work on ways to try and beat the opposition. Half time gives teams chance to regroup and do something different. We'd had the chances by then, we didn't manage to convert any of them. You're not going to win games if you can't convert chances."