Let's have no regrets, says Lynn boss
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb wants bravery from his men in today's FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Blue Square Premier big hitters Kidderminster.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb wants bravery from his men in today's FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Blue Square Premier big hitters Kidderminster. (3pm)
Webb will demand his underdogs go for broke in front of a bumper home gate at The Walks.
"I'd rather we went and had a proper go and get beat 3-0 trying to play the right way than sit off them and let them nick a tight 1-0 win," he said.
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"We really have nothing to lose but I'm under no illusions this is a tough game. We must start on the front foot and get the crowd behind us.
"I don't want my players to respect Kidderminster. I mean that in the right way because these occasions don't come around very often. What I don't want is any regrets or for the lads to come off the pitch wishing they had done this or that.
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"This is probably the first time since Cambridge United that the pressure hasn't been on us going into a game. So I want us to express ourselves. If we don't start at a good tempo and hand them the initiative they have good players who will pass it around us."
Webb wants his men to learn lessons from a derby win over Wroxham in the previous round.
"I want us to do what Wroxham didn't do on that day," he said. "I don't think they made it as tough as they could have. They tried to stifle us and make it hard, in that first 20 minutes especially, instead of having a real good go. If we can build on the second half at Tamworth in midweek then I don't think I can ask any more as a manager. But we have to reach that level and take it on again.
"The ways the matches have fallen since the draw I didn't get a chance to have a look at them in person but we sent someone to watch. We got some good reports back and we have made sure that information was passed on to the players in terms of set pieces and how Kidderminster like to play."
Midfielder Scott Mitchell is poised to shake off a minor groin strain for his first outing since completing a permanent move from Blue Square Premier Rushden.
"It was a good bit of business for us," said Webb. "Obviously we have been speaking to Scott and he loves it here, so when Rushden decided they weren't going to extend his contract I think it was a fairly simple decision but we have to thank Gary Hill for helping it go through so smoothly.
"I've said before that Scott is still a young man but he has a lot of experience, playing in Scotland and what have you. We feel we can improve him and I think he is more than capable of playing at higher level."
Defensive duo Simon Weaver (head) and Mark Peters (knee) will both undergo late fitness tests. Mark Camm returns to the squad after a recent hamstring injury. Webb also confirmed Ben Sedgemore is available after missing last weekend's Farsley Celtic league defeat.
"Let's clear up that issue so there's no conspiracy theories," said Webb.
"Ben missed one game earlier in the season due to work commitments. He didn't get paid that day and he had no problem with that. But last Friday before the Farsley game he rang me up and said he had that sickness which had been around the place recently. I spoke to him again on the morning of the game and he told me he wouldn't be any use so with something like that he was better staying away.
"Cammy comes back into contention and he probably has a better chance than the other two although Simon is improving daily."
Kidderminster top scorer Justin Richards travelled with the squad after missing Harriers' 1-0 league defeat at leaders Kettering.
"Justin was disappointed to miss the Kettering game because he was relishing it," said Kidderminster boss Mark Yates. "There's a good chance Justin will be fit for the King's Lynn match and that's a big boost for us. He's a key player for us with his goals, work ethic, pace and power and if he's fit we'll be delighted to have him back."
Winning clubs earn £12,500 in prize money. Any replay would take place at Aggborough on Tuesday.
King's Lynn: Howie, C Defty, Weaver, Chapman, Graham, Crane, Sedgemore, Turner, Camm, Mitchell, J Defty, Smith, Frew, Joachim, Bloomfield, Francis, Fisk, Murray, Kelly.
Bluesq match odds, Walks 3pm
King's Lynn 5/2
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