Webb stays out of title guessing game
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb has slapped blinkers on his table topping side with the club potentially 90 minutes away from the Southern League, Premier Division title at Gloucester today .
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb has slapped blinkers on his table topping side with the club potentially 90 minutes away from the Southern League, Premier Division title at Gloucester today .
Webb remains fully focussed on ending Gloucester's own play off dream and nothing else at City's temporary Forest Green home.
Lynn's squad travelled overnight ahead of an advance party of Linnets' fans ready for a championship celebration if they beat the Tigers and second-placed Team Bath fail to win at Bromsgrove.
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“No, I'm not wasting my time working out permutations,” said Webb. “If we win the next two games we win the championship. If we pick up four points in those two games, we win the championship - it's really as simple as that. We'll go looking to win both because when you set out trying not to lose you can come unstuck.
“The message to the players is go and win the game. There's a lot of hype around the place but for all that could happen now we can just as easily end up with egg on our faces. Look at the three teams still in with a chance of the title and you'd say we've probably got the hardest game. Make no mistake the other two will be thinking this is one we could slip up in. Gloucester have been hyping it up as well because it's just as big for them.”
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Webb knows the size of the task after seeing Gloucester at close quarters this season - the Linnets' chief watched City beat Team Bath in February.
“Forget all the side issues, this would be one tough game whatever rested on it,” he said. “They didn't take any prisoners and not many teams have been able to say that against Team Bath. They were big, physical and played at a high tempo which made it difficult for Team Bath. We have to match them in that department. For the first 20, 25 minutes I expect them to swarm at us. We have to stand up to that and stop them getting on the front foot.
“The lad up top, Pitcher, scores goals as well so I think it could be open. But the pressure is really just as much on them. They need to win so it comes down to a question of nerve. We've got experienced players and you hope that will come to the fore in a one off game like this.”
John Turner (back) and Joe Francis (ankle) both travelled. Midfielder Mark Camm (concussion) is available again after missing Lynn's last two games.
“From a fitness point of view, Cammy is back in the squad,” said Webb. “I just have to sleep on it and assess what we do with him. I've not heard anything from the physio so I expect JT and Joe to be fit.”
Danny Bloomfield notched his 20th of the season with a second half strike in the midweek Bashley romp after a late introduction - but Webb is poised to keep faith with Jack Defty and Matt Nolan.
“Matty has took his chance and the front two lads have been superb for me,” said Webb. “To be fair I wouldn't look beyond them but Danny is a great player to have in reserve. His attitude has been first class because he's had to bite his lip but he's hung in there, come off the bench and got his goal. We'll have a strong bench again and hopefully that will go in our favour.”
t King's Lynn (from): Howie, West, Chapman, C Defty, Bains, Crane, Fisk, Turner, Sedgemore, Camm, J Defty, Nolan, Melton, Francis, Frew, Bloomfield, Turner, Deane, Murray.
t Gloucester officials have confirmed crowd segregation is in place for this afternoon's game.
King's Lynn's away support has been allocated a section in the Main Stand. Fans are advised to enter via turnstiles A and B. Disabled supporters can gain access to either section and should make themselves known to Gloucester match day stewards on arrival. Both sets of fans will have access to food outlets during the game.