Webb rues what might have been
Michael Bailey King's Lynn manager Keith Webb has admitted his frustration at watching his side fail to make an impact at the right end of the Blue Square North table this season.
King's Lynn manager Keith Webb has admitted his frustration at watching his side fail to make an impact at the right end of the Blue Square North table this season.
The Linnets face struggling Hyde United at Ewen Fields this afternoon (3pm) knowing a win could put to bed any remaining jitters over their Conference status.
But Webb admitted he finds it frustrating to think of what might have been.
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"When you look at the number of draws we've had this season, and you take into account four or five that we did well to get a draw out of, it still leaves 12 or 13," said the Linnets manager.
"That's 24 points that have gone begging and if you add that on to the number of points we have got already, you're in the play-offs. That's the frustration."
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Julian Joachim and Andrew Fisk are Lynn's two injury concerns ahead of their 300-mile round trip to the north west.
Webb hopes to have a clearer picture of the pair's fitness closer to kick-off, as Lynn aim to end a run of three games in which they have conceded stoppage-time equalisers.
"It's no secret we're shipping goals after being ahead in the last three games and it's something we've got to put right," said Webb. "But as a coach you have got to be careful of not making a big deal of it and it becoming a monkey on the back of the players.
"So we have got to keep the form that has seen us take the lead, and hopefully we'll be able to grind it out at the end."
After weeks of turbulence off the pitch and games coming thick and fast, a seven-day break has been something of a welcome relief for Webb and his players this week.
"Yes, just to get people away from the place and give them a break from it. It can play on the minds of the players," said Webb, who denied today's match at Hyde - who sit second from bottom in Blue Square North - was a must-win game.
"It's a game we'd like to win but, like when we played Hucknall a couple of weeks back, there are no easy games in this league," he said.