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Tuesday, May 1, 2012    Sportal.co.nz    Getty Images

The Auckland side's eighth defeat from nine matches in 2012 left them rooted to the foot of the New Zealand conference, and seemingly with no chance of repeating their semi-final appearance of last season.

Lam feels it was not possible to predict his side would lose as many players as they had to injury this year, pointing out all of the squad's key players had been among the injured.

"There's a lot of guys out there doing their best and working hard," he said.

"It's easy to say 'this guy is not playing well', but who are you going to put in? Give me an option, but most of them (the critics) can't give me any options either."

According to Lam, throughout his four years in charge of the club injuries had continually conspired to prevent him from putting the strongest team out on the field.

"And that has followed through again this year, probably more so," he said.

The bad news continued for the Blues on Monday, with two more players unlikely to feature in their next outing.

Both prop Tony Woodcock (calf) and wing Rudi Wulf (shoulder) were in the 'extremely doubtful' category for Friday's game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

In some good news, hooker Keven Mealamu was rated as 'promising' in his recovery from a calf strain, second five-eighths Ma'a Nonu was 'looking good' after suffering a haematoma, while prop Charlie Faumuina is also on the mend.

Assessing the loss to the Reds, Lam believes some his players are straying from the script in their desperation to force the issue, something which cost the team yet again on Friday.

"I think some guys are trying too hard to make things happen," he said.

"When the team is low on confidence someone tries to make things happen rather than what we worked (on at training).

"Some people have said there were some good passages and when you go and look at it clearly, well, that is what we trained.

"And in passages where we weren't (good) then someone is trying to make things happen and that means it's all best intentions but we've just got to do it as a team."