Peters up for the challenge
Paddy Davitt Fit-again King's Lynn defender Mark Peters is ready to lead the club's Blue Square North revival.Linnets' chief Keith Webb savaged his under-performing squad after Saturday's lifeless goal less draw at home to Burscough extending their winless league run to five matches.
Fit-again King's Lynn defender Mark Peters is ready to lead the club's Blue Square North revival.
Linnets' chief Keith Webb savaged his under-performing squad after Saturday's lifeless goal less draw at home to Burscough extending their winless league run to five matches.
The 36-year-old defender was again a reluctant spectator after missing the last ten matches with a broken leg injury - a period that has seen Webb's squad falter following a confident early season start to their maiden Conference bow.
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Now Peters is itching to play his part in helping launch a New Year fight back ahead of the festive double header with Gainsborough Trinity.
“I bring experience, not just in age terms, but in the level I have played at,” said the former Man City trainee. “I felt maybe on Saturday it was the type of game where things were just not flowing along and there was perhaps a lack of leadership on the pitch. We didn't have too many vocal players out there and in those games you need someone who can grab it by the neck. Whether the manager feels that is something I can bring to it or not, I don't know. It's not just about talking on the pitch but the important thing is to say the right thing at the right times. It's not about getting on players' cases but if someone has made a rick or a bad decision you have to pick them up.”
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The former Cambridge United skipper's comeback was halted by last week's flu bug that swept through Webb's squad.
“Training was cancelled last week with the flu bug and I really needed that workout,” he said. “I did some work on the Thursday and joined in the warm up on Saturday before the game so I'm fit and ready to go. Obviously the lads kept a clean sheet so that might be in the manager's thinking. It wasn't the greatest game but, defensively, the lads did their jobs.
“Probably the manager felt I needed a reserve game and, in an ideal world, that would have been at the weekend but with the flu we had around the place there was doubts over one or two of the lads so he decided to keep me around the squad.
“I will go along with what he wants to do. The most important thing is I don't break down again and that is maybe in his thinking but it's been a frustrating time because I lost ten days at the start when I wasn't diagnosed correctly. I was still running and training on the injury.”
Peters admits mid-table Lynn are rapidly approaching the make-or-break stage of their season.
“We need a fairly sharp turnaround if we are still to aim for the play-offs,” he said. “But it can just take one result, one game. You can beat someone well and the confidence flows through the team and things start to look bright again. It is a busy period for us but sometimes travelling a long way to train can become a grind but with games you have that to look forward to. We've had a dip in form but a few decent results breeds confidence through the whole squad.
“When we started the season we were drawing a lot of games, but there was a lot of positivity because we felt we were creating a good enough number of chances. Sometimes we have got ourselves in positions to win the game and either drawn or lost it recently. It's been a mixed bag but with injuries, suspensions and now this flu it is hard. As a defender I know you need five or six games together to get that cohesion and understanding.”