Heggs vows to get it right
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs yesterday came out fighting after a second consecutive Unibond Premier Division defeat. Heggs' is ready to overhaul a defence that has now shipped six league goals following Tuesday's late 3-2 defeat at Matlock.
King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs yesterday came out fighting after a second consecutive Unibond Premier Division defeat.
Heggs' is ready to overhaul a defence that has now shipped six league goals following Tuesday's late 3-2 defeat at Matlock. Back up keeper Dan Whatsize was released after the latest defeat and the Linnets' chief hinted further changes are in the pipeline.“I have to make some tough decisions and change it around at the back,” said Heggs. “I've got to find a suitable back four plus the keeper so I either leave them to put it right - which I'm not sure they are capable of doing - or make a tough decision and drop somebody. I'm trying to bring someone in because I need an experienced centre half and we just need to tweak one or two areas. Going forward we are good side but since I've come to the football club we've not kept a clean sheet. To concede six in two league games is nowhere near good enough.
“Dan wants first team football and getting rid of him frees up money for me to go and wheel and deal, so it suits both parties. I'll go with no goalkeeper on the bench for now. It's a gamble and the way things are going my keeper will probably do his hamstring after 20 minutes in the next game but I'd rather see it as a positive move.”
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Heggs slammed his side's soft centre after slipping to defeat in the Derbyshire Dales.
“My two centre halves and keeper let the rest of the lads down,” he said. “I thought we were the best side in the first half by a million miles. They've had one shot and my keeper parries it into the goal. If he gets one hand on that then I expect him to save it - especially someone who has played 70 odd Football League games although Craig (McAughtrie) was slow in reacting to the ball over the top.
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“My keeper made some great saves after the break but for the winner if he can't catch it then put it into an area that isn't dangerous. Don't let it slip through your grasp so someone can tap it in. Three individual mistakes have cost us.”
Heggs also omitted assistant player/boss Andy Johnson as he looked to find a winning formula after opening day defeat.
“A manager has to make difficult decisions,” he said. “I have an obligation to get it right, for my board and my supporters. Jonno is just off the pace at the minute but he has had a great career. Right now I have to decide do I play him to keep him happy or do what is best for the team. Listen, I'm not going to bury my head in the sand and hope we get it right. This football club was dead and buried when I arrived.
“The doom and gloom was like a cancer running through the place. I spoke to three experienced managers and they all said what do I want that job for? It needed a lift, a boost, a clean slate. This is a great football club with a big support desperate to explode but they needed to breathe fresh air.”
Heggs is adamant he will get things right.
“I'm not arrogant or cocky but I had to come in and sell the football club,” he said. “That is how we could get the likes of Gareth Sheldon. I had to shout from the rooftops about what we want to achieve but when you do that you put yourself up to be shot at. I knew I was putting myself on a pedestal getting rid of all the old players and starting something fresh, a new era.
“I could be like other managers and say we need time to consolidate and gel, but it's been two games. Just give me a chance. I don't fear the sack, I'll walk out myself and say it hasn't worked - but it won't be for the want of trying.”