Webb - Tamworth gave Linnets a lesson
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb admitted Tamworth dished out a 'footballing lesson' in his side's Setanta Shield cup exit. Julian Joachim's late strike teed up a thrilling finish against the Lambs at The Walks - but Webb was left to rue Lynn's sluggish start in the 2-1 first round defeat.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb admitted yesterday Tamworth dished out a 'footballing lesson' in his side's Setanta Shield cup exit.
Julian Joachim's late strike teed up a thrilling finish against the Lambs at The Walks - but Webb was left to rue Lynn's sluggish start in the 2-1 first round defeat.
“I was disappointed with the performance, especially the first half,” said Webb. “To go one down so early put us on the back foot and gave them the belief to push on. Tamworth played with enthusiasm, passed the ball, showed good movement and we found it difficult to come to terms with that. It was a bit of a footballing lesson.
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“We didn't match them at all and the second goal knocked the stuffing out of us a little. We got them in at half time and there was a sense of relief because it could have been even more. I was looking for leadership and it just wasn't there - although Jack (Defty) worked extremely hard again. But let's not go overboard. The league is our priority and I expect a reaction at the weekend.”
Webb rang the changes after the break with midfield terrier Andrew Fisk impressing on his first outing of the new season.
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“Andrew has found himself down the pecking order to be fair so far,” said Webb. “But he has given me a lot of problems now with his contribution. I might have to upset one or two more senior players if he continues in that vein. Once we matched them in the middle of the park with Andrew and then Frewy going on we got a little closer to them. In the first half they had three in that area who dictated the game. If I'm honest, perhaps we should have made the changes earlier but it was an opportunity to give lads a go and see how they react.
“After we scored I felt we might go on and get a second. Then I was convinced we would've won. There were plenty of scrambles and balls getting kicked off the line and Tamworth were hanging on at the end. But we stressed at the end they have to start as they finished. If we do we'll win more than we lose.”
Webb confirmed midfielder Mark Camm (dead leg) will be available for Lynn's next Blue Square North game against Hyde on Saturday after sitting out the club's midweek cup defeat.
Defender Ben Chapman is scheduled to visit a specialist tomorrow to assess the extent of his shoulder injury. The 29-year-old was withdrawn against Fleetwood with a suspected fractured left shoulder.
“Chappers is seeing his doctor up in Wakefield,” said Webb. “We think it's a fracture but that is yet to be confirmed. The worst case scenario is six to seven weeks which would be a bit of a blow. Having said that Adam Smith has shown he is more than capable and we have other options in the squad so I wouldn't look to go outside what we have here already if the worst came to the worst. It certainly wouldn't be panic stations.”
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