Webb looking for on-field leadership

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 10 September 2010

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb will urge his men to play it cool in today's Blue Square North trip to Alfreton (3pm). Lynn lost the plot with a maiden Conference win in sight last time out to gift Droylsden two late goals - Danny Bloomfield's last gasp stoppage time strike at The Walks preserving the club's unbeaten league record.

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb will urge his men to play it cool in today's Blue Square North trip to Alfreton (3pm).

Lynn lost the plot with a maiden Conference win in sight last time out to gift Droylsden two late goals - Danny Bloomfield's last gasp stoppage time strike at The Walks preserving the club's unbeaten league record.

Webb is confident a heart-to-heart with his players can tee up a winning start to the club's Bank Holiday double header.

“I told them at training, 'no one is pressing any panic buttons.' There's many more positives for me so far,” he said. “After we lost Jack (Defty) and Simon (Weaver) to injury we looked all over the place for a spell. I can handle individual errors and mistakes - players don't deliberately go out there looking to make a mistake. But we have to show more experience and understand situations in games. I want leadership and organisation. We have players on the pitch capable of that. Unfortunately I can't stop the game and go out there to do it for them. Things happen and we have to improve on how we cope and react.”

Webb will make a late fitness call on double head injury victims Defty and Weaver after the duo were withdrawn against the Bloods following an accidental clash of heads. Midfielder John Turner is drafted straight back into the squad after being unavailable for Lynn's three league draws.

“John trained the other night but it could be a big ask to throw him straight in,” said Webb. “It's something I have to assess because it might be a little bit too early. The other lads trained as well. They will definitely travel but I will give it as long as possible.

“Joe (Francis), Danny and a few other boys played in midweek for the reserves. I felt it was important with two matches this weekend they got some minutes on the pitch.”

Alfreton have shipped seven goals in the opening week of the campaign but Webb insists that counts for little.

“The record books might say that's the case but if we don't create chances it doesn't mean a great deal,” he said. “If we do then we have to show a killer instinct. Alfreton is a big side so it will be competitive and we need to move the ball around and play to our strengths.”

Lynn's elevation to the Conference set up leaves Webb until September 1 to bolster his first team squad before the transfer window shuts.

“It's something that isn't completely out of my mind,” he said. “I will continue to look at that and if we feel a player comes along who can benefit us then we'll assess the situation. Once September comes that is it until the New Year.

“But, as I said, apart from about 20 minutes against Droylsden, I've been happy. Everybody needs to stay positive and keep calm on the playing side. The supporters can see what we are trying to do and how we want to go about things in the right way. They've an important role to play because at times the players will need to be lifted. We're all in this together and we all want the same thing.”

Reds' boss Nicky Law has identified Julian Joachim as the main threat after his scouting mission to The Walks last week.

“It will be another tough game,” he said. “I watched them the other week and they look a steady side. They have got the threat of Joachim, which we need to be aware of. He is still a dangerous player and that is why King's Lynn has invested in him. Having said that, it is more about what we do on the day.”

Defender Anton Brown (knee) is ruled out. Midfielder Jordan Hall faces a late fitness test (hamstring) but fellow midfielders Kris Bowler (bruised knee and foot) and Josh Law (foot) should be fit.

t Lynn (from): Howie, Weaver, Chapman, Peters, Crane, Bridgwater, Frew, Sedgemore, J Defty, Camm, Francis, Joachim, Bloomfield, C Defty, Fisk, Murray, Turner.

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