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Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb warns managerless Hyde to expect no sympathy in today's Blue Square North test at The Walks (3pm). Tigers' striker Neil Tolson and ex-Halifax boss Chris Brass have taken temporary charge after former Hyde chief Steve Waywell left the club by mutual consent during the build up.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb warns managerless Hyde to expect no sympathy in today's Blue Square North test at The Walks (3pm).
Tigers' striker Neil Tolson and ex-Halifax boss Chris Brass have taken temporary charge after former Hyde chief Steve Waywell left the club by mutual consent during the build up.
Waywell had overseen three mid-table finishes following Conference promotion in 2005 but paid the price for a poor start to the new campaign. Webb insists his sole focus is building on last week's opening league win against Fleetwood.
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"In these situations it can go one of two ways," he said. "The confidence might be low but players can react positively and feel the pressure has been lifted. They go out and give a performance and results start to improve. All I can control is how we go about it. For me it's about seeing a reaction from the cup defeat and by that I mean starting as we finished the Tamworth game.
"I want us to push on, be nice and positive and get on the front foot. Our attitude has to be right and it's important we make it as difficult for them as possible to take advantage of anything we can get."
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Skipper Greg Crane serves the final match of his ban. Midfielder Mark Camm returns to the squad after missing Lynn's cup exit with a dead leg.
Webb has ruled defender Ben Chapman out for the next fortnight while the 29-year-old awaits news on the extent of his damaged left shoulder.
"He now has to see a shoulder specialist in two weeks," said Webb. "What we initially thought the problem was has been confirmed but unless they come back to him in the meantime he's not available for at least that period. All 16 players will be involved in some shape or form depending on how we set up. Cammy coming back in is important because I felt we missed him the other night with his ability to break up the play."
Webb will also demand a marked improvement in and around the opposition penalty box after spurning a series of free-kicks against the Lambs.
"Let's not beat around the bush - the set pieces were awful," he said. "Up to now I've been happy letting whoever is confident at the time take them. I might have to start saying I want so and so. You'd rather see anything than what we were doing and putting the ball over the top. Even if it goes wide it might take a deflection and you get a corner. The type of efforts we had the only thing in danger were seagulls flying overhead.
"I was actually delighted with set pieces from wide areas. Joe Francis was putting in some great balls first half. We just have to look at the runs we're making in the box and see what we can do to get on the end of them."
Hyde joint caretaker boss Tolson is urging the visitors to start enjoying their football again.
"It is our intention to bring a smile back to both the players and the fans with immediate effect," he said. "It's a good fixture to start with as King's Lynn have yet to lose in the league. Everybody will be given a chance, but rest assured anything less than 110pc from the players will not be tolerated.
"It is a great opportunity for Brassy and myself to take over the reins. We have spoken to Steve and he has wished us all the best. Steve did a tremendous job for the Tigers, but more latterly we appear to have lost our way."
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