Mark Cooper says he is “confident” in the players at his disposal to get the results Barrow AFC need – but has not ruled out more transfer activity.

Cooper said the Bluebirds are always on the lookout for further additions, but admitted finding a guaranteed goalscorer in the market is not easy.

Barrow have until Monday night’s deadline to do any further business, having made three loan signings so far this month.

As AFC bid to bounce back from two home defeats when they go to promotion-chasing Newport this weekend, manager Cooper said: “I’m confident in what I’ve got.

"But, like I always say, if there’s a better player out there that we can get, then of course – the club, the owner, chairman, myself…we want to get it.

“But you have to remember there’s 72 league clubs all trying to get the same type of player.

“If you asked 90 per cent of the clubs in the country what they want, they would say, ‘I need a 6ft 3in centre-forward that can run, get hold of the ball, head it and score’.

“So that’s what we’re all looking for. If we can get one of them then great.”

Cooper said at some stage the Bluebirds may need to splash the cash to get the right player in.

“We’re always looking. You’re waiting to see if somebody becomes available, or can we buy someone?” he said.

“At some point we might have to go and buy a centre-forward. The support is there from the club for sure – if we find the right one they’ll try and make it happen.”

Back-to-back home defeats to Mansfield Town and Salford City have left Barrow in fourth bottom position and not yet out of the woods in terms of League Two survival.

A positive weekend in south Wales could take them ten points clear of the drop zone, but rivals Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United and Colchester United will be out to close the gap.

Cooper insisted his side’s performance levels were better on Tuesday despite the 2-0 reverse.

“We were in the game the whole game – we just needed to get the first goal,” he said.

“It was a decent performance. I asked for that desire and intensity, and we defended really well.

“We were on the front foot but just didn’t produce in the final third.

“The first goal was always going to change it. One mistake, or a couple of mistakes leading to that, and you’re 1-0 down and have to really push to try and get back in it, and get caught on the break.

“We’ll play worse than that and get a result.”