Webb urges Linnets to start again
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is targeting a fresh start against Vauxhall Motors in today's Blue Square North test at The Walks (3pm). Webb hopes a first-ever meeting between the clubs is the perfect way to exorcise any demons from conceding consecutive stoppage time equalisers on the road over the past week.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is targeting a fresh start against Vauxhall Motors in today's Blue Square North test at The Walks (3pm).
Webb hopes a first-ever meeting between the clubs is the perfect way to exorcise any demons from conceding consecutive stoppage time equalisers on the road over the past week.
"The dressing room was a little down on Tuesday night," said Webb, after Solihull pegged his side back in the 92nd minute. "It's our job to maybe go in and lift them again.
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"Hopefully the players are big enough and strong enough characters to put that behind them. If you had said to me prior to the Telford game we'd take two points from the next couple of away games I'd have accepted that but looking at the overall picture we know its four points dropped.
"Vauxhall have hit a good run of form lately and had a great result beating Telford in midweek so this is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination."
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Webb's side have lost only one in the last seven despite off-the-field financial turmoil - but the Lynn chief is not fooled by his side's recent upturn.
"We're still in a position where we are 12th or 13th in the table," he said. "Those statistics don't lie. You only finish where you deserve to finish and we haven't killed off enough teams. The bottom line is we haven't won enough games of football. To be fair, there are not too many of those last seven or eight when I would say we were lucky to get a result. In the early part of the season we found ourselves under the cosh in games and managed to scrap and fight and get back in.
"Lately we've been quite on top and let it slip through our own naivety, inexperience and bad play. Frustrating is the only word I can use and its not one I like to use a lot but it does show we are not that far away as a squad."
Striker Jack Defty is poised for his 300th club outing against the Motormen after missing the midweek Solihull draw through work commitments. Julian Joachim (groin) is again sidelined but midfielder Andy Fisk could be included on the bench despite picking up a hamstring injury on Tuesday.
"There's a very slight chance but I wouldn't risk starting him," said Webb. "It's the type of injury that might put him out longer term if he aggravated it. Obviously Jack comes back in and he can adapt to a lot of different positions so I've got options. We've tried a different system in the last two games and for 90 odd minutes in each match I've been more than happy to be honest.
"As a coach I always like to let players express themselves and I have the utmost respect for these lads because we sprung this on them and they have adapted to it.
"I will look at what I have available in terms of personnel and play lads where they feel comfortable."
Webb admitted teenage strike force Dominic Dwyer and Norwich loan recruit Kris Renton had given him plenty of food for thought with an energetic midweek display in the Midlands.
"I thought Dominic caused Solihull no end of problems," said Webb. "With Jack not playing up front we didn't have that out ball which is sometimes an easy option for the boys. Solihull had a good little set up and the pitch was in superb condition which allowed us to play the ball on the floor.
"We stressed at half time to get it down and play it shorter and they took that on board. Obviously our place is a different pitch. The groundsman does a superb job but The Walks see more games on it so it's a case of adapting again to the circumstances."
n Former European lightweight boxing champion Jon Thaxton is guest of honour at today's game. The Norfolk fighter will be presented to both teams prior to kick off.
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