Webb is prepared to spend
Chris Lakey Keith Webb has urged his players to grab their chance with both hands as he prepares to make changes for a must-win clash against Solihull Moors today (3pm).
Keith Webb has urged his players to grab their chance with both hands as he prepares to make changes for a must-win clash against Solihull Moors today (3pm).
The Linnets boss has seen his side crash to three successive home defeats in the space of a week, prompting a warning to his players that if they don't respond today, then he will move into the transfer market again.
Webb is keeping tabs on current movements in the market and admitted that while he is not able to afford any of the six players released by Rushden & Diamonds this week, he has been keeping a close eye on much-travelled striker Trevor Benjamin in a bid to curb his team's shortcomings in front of goal.
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Benjamin has been released by Northwich Victoria but before Webb decides on his next move, he will use today's game to get Lynn back on track in the Blue Square Conference North - and sort out the wheat from the chaff on the playing front.
“I have made one or two changes and it is up to those concerned who will be given an opportunity to take it with both hands - and for the others who have been left out to fight to regain their place in the team,” said Webb. “Otherwise I will start looking for replacements.
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“I am always looking for new players, always. But the ones that you want and can do a good job are invariably on contract and their managers don't want to lose them anyway. Everybody wants a 20 goals a season player.”
Some would argue that Webb has one in his dressing room in the shape of former Aston Villa and Leicester striker Julian Joachim, whose much-trumpeted arrival has gone flat, with just two goals - one in the league one in the cup - in 16 appearances, of which only seven have been league starts.
But Webb insists the 34-year-old is not necessarily the answer to his problem.
“Julian has never been what I would call a prolific scorer and people make the assumption that because he played in the Premiership he would automat-ically transfer that to goals with us,” he said. “They thought he would score three or four every week, but it doesn't happen like that and I never expected it would. Yes, he has a good pedigree and played for some of the biggest clubs, but he has never been a prolific scorer.”
Webb admitted that Benjamin had been considered, but it's likely he will wait and see what his team's response is this weekend before visiting that one again.
“I have worked with Trevor and I know his strengths and I know his weaknesses,” Webb said. “He is one that I might just keep my eye on, but it would have to be a very big decision whether to do anything with him or not.
“Obviously you need to find somebody who can put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis and we need to find that person.”
Webb reports a clean bill of health for today, apart from Mark Peters, who will be missing for at least six weeks with a leg fracture, but he will be looking for his team to show their mental strength against a side which is struggling third from bottom of the table, with just one away win in seven games, but only one defeat in the last four.
“Football is 90pc in the head,” said Webb. “It has been a long seven days, I wouldn't say otherwise, but it is only one week in the 100-odd weeks I have been at the club. It is not a case of panicking or anything like that.
“It's a results game - no one will look and say how well we played when we have been beaten. We need to get a result, there is no question of that, and if we have to play ugly to do that, then we will play ugly.”
Webb will choose between Charlie Defty or Simon Weaver, who has overcome a back injury and a head wound, with new on-loan signing Bradley Thomas set to challenge Luke Graham for a place alongside Greg Crane in the centre of defence, with Ben Chapman on the left.
Mark Camm is expected to be available and could earn a place in midfield, while Jack Defty has overcome a back problem and could start up front.
Solihull will include fit-again Jake Sedgemore for his comeback game - the summer signing from Altrincham played only a couple of games before suffering a stomach muscle injury which ultimately required surgery.