Webb lifts the mood in Lynn camp
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb revealed a post-match Gloucester pep talk can be the launch pad for Lynn's Southern League, Premier Division title assault on Merthyr this weekend.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb revealed a post-match Gloucester pep talk can be the launch pad for Lynn's Southern League, Premier Division title assault on Merthyr this weekend.
The Linnets will lift the championship with a win at the mid table Martyrs after Matt Nolan's late strike clinched a hard-earned 1-1 draw against the Tigers.
Webb and his assistant Lee Glover rallied the table-toppers within minutes of Saturday's final whistle at The New Lawn after second-placed Team Bath drew level at the top on 82 points.
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"The mood was quite subdued when me and Lee went in the dressing room," admitted Webb. "We had to go in there and cheer them up a little bit. I think they were frustrated they hadn't won the game but we have to look at it that we did well to come back. Now we can move forward from here. The players have shown a real determination. They know what's got to be done and we are desperate to do it. This has been a real tight league with teams like Halesowen, Team Bath and Chippenham giving it a real crack to get out of the division."
Skipper Greg Crane (hamstring) is the only fresh injury worry for Lynn's cross-border day of destiny.
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"Craney was playing with a sore hamstring but he got through and he was immense," said Webb. "Joe (Francis) came off at the end but that was tactical. I just felt we needed to shore things up a little bit because they brought on a few attacking players. It's one you could've mistrued as a negative but we were in a position where we didn't need to chase the game.
"We'll get them in Wednesday just to have a look but in terms of fitness there's not much we can do. We might do one or two things on set pieces before we travel down on Friday with a view to making sure we wrap up this league."
Webb conceded Gloucester was painful watching in the closing stages after reaching the break goal-less despite dominating the opening period.
"The nerves were a little bit frayed, but I'm really proud of the boys," he said. "We started superbly, took the game to them, played good football and created plenty of chances. But you know you can't dominate a game for 90 minutes. At half-time I said for all the good play we want our backsides kicked if we lost to these."
Lynn will lift the title if they match or better Team Bath's result at play-off contenders Chippenham, whose skipper Iain Harvey is promising no favours for the Students.
"Maybe people would think we will go into the game just to play it out but we won't," he said. "It wouldn't be nice to see another team win the title at Hardenhuish Park so there is a lot on it."