Webb is keen to avoid play-offs
Chris Lakey Keith Webb is refusing to contemplate another play-off campaign for King's Lynn - and says his "big" players can help the Linnets beat the jitters and claim the sole automatic promotion spot in the Southern League Premier Division.
Keith Webb is refusing to contemplate another play-off campaign for King's Lynn - and says his "big" players can help the Linnets beat the jitters and claim the sole automatic promotion spot in the Southern League Premier Division.
Lynn have slipped from first to third, four points behind leaders Team Bath - despite going 12 games undefeated in the league.
But look below the surface and Lynn have drawn seven of those, and that's where they have come unstuck.
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Today's game at home to relegation-haunted Cirencester offers a perfect chance to get back on track after another two stalemates in the past week - and avoid the prospect of coming up short in the play-offs for the third year in a row.
"I am not looking at the play-offs at all," insisted Webb. "At the end of the day it is in our hands to win the league. That's what we are aiming to do and I have confidence in the players, who are all working hard to achieve that aim.
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"At the minute, one or two things have gone against us, but confidence remains high and while it is like that among the players then I am confident as well."
Webb will look to his "big" players, like striker Matt Nolan, to go the extra mile over the final eight games.
Nolan has hit the net three times in the last two games, including a brace in the first half at Hitchin on Tuesday when Lynn were pegged back for a 2-2 draw.
He has struggled to hold down a regular first-team starting spot, but Webb recalled the 26-year-old - only to give him a public dressing down after a poor performance in the League Cup defeat at home to Hillingdon Borough.
But the reverse psychology worked with Nolan finding his goal touch - though Webb says the pressure remains for the front-man to keep producing.
"I did have a little pop at Matt and he has responded in the right way," said Webb. "He is one of the players you look to in our situation and expect him to play a big part.
"But he has to continue doing what he does - the pressure is still on him because he needs to be kept on his toes."
Webb could be without one of his more experienced players today, with Mark Camm rated no better than 50-50 after picking up a calf injury. Andrew Fisk could comes into a squad that is likely to be otherwise unchanged.
Today's match is the last of the season's kids for a quid promotions. Children of 15 or under when accompanied by a full paying adult will be admitted for £1.
Lynn (from): Howie, Baines, Chapman, Hoyte, Crane, Camm, Fisk, Turner, Melton, Sedgemore, J Defty, Nolan, Frew, Francis, Bloomfield, West, Murray.