Webb wants Linnets repeat
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb will demand a Blue Square North encore in today's trip to bottom club Hucknall (3pm). Julian Joachim's timely brace and Lynn's first league clean sheet in more than two months sunk Solihull Moors last time out to emphatically end the club's recent rocky spell.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb will demand a Blue Square North encore in today's trip to bottom club Hucknall (3pm).
Julian Joachim's timely brace and Lynn's first league clean sheet in more than two months sunk Solihull Moors last time out to emphatically end the club's recent rocky spell.
Webb wants no let up against the Yellows at Watnall Road ahead of Hucknall's new director of football Bryan Chambers' first game.
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“They might be bottom and people might automatically expect us to pick up three points,” he said.
“Forget it. The attitude has to be spot on - just as if we were playing Southport or one of the top sides.
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“They will look for anything to try and build up the confidence and we know any team can cause you problems if you let them.
“You go back to the Solihull game and the relief was there for all to see, getting those three points. The lads have carried that into training this week. They have been bright, bubbly and buzzing. I just hope we haven't peaked too soon.”
Webb is forced to re-shuffle his injury-plagued backline again with on loan Crawley defender Bradley Thomas (achilles) expected to miss out.
“It has probably come a bit too soon for him,” said Webb.
“He is travelling up with us which shows the team spirit and he improved as the training session went on the other night but hopefully he will fit for Southport next week.
“It was a blow to lose him so early against Solihull because we had done a lot of work on that side of the game during training alongside Greg Crane. We had the quality of Luke Graham and Simon Weaver, though, which shows what we have here in the club.
“We just need to keep that solid base again and hope it doesn't go the other way because this week we've focussed on the attacking side.”
Midfielder Andrew Fisk begins the first of a three match ban for his Setanta Shield sending off against Tamworth. Joe Francis, Danny Bloomfield and Mark Camm are pushing for recalls after impressive displays during the midweek Ridgeons Premier reserve win over Wisbech.
“Cammy was superb,” said Webb. “Not just his performance but his attitude and how he helped the young lad Ross Kelly playing with him. You could see Ross improve the longer the match went.
“Cammy has a great attitude to the game. When you stop and look at all the travelling he does then you realise King's Lynn is lucky to have a player like that.
“With Danny I just wanted him to go and show what he can do.
“His goals proved he is a cut above Ridgeons level and he did all I asked of him. Joe was the same. The last couple of games he's played for the reserves underline how far he has come since joining the club.
“He still has areas of weakness in his game but we will work with him. He looks very sharp in training now because he had been struggling with a cold for the last fortnight.
“Some players can get through it but other lads need to feel in tip top shape to perform.”
Former Hungarian U19 international defender Gabor Lucza linked up with Webb's squad this week - but the Linnets' boss is not likely to pursue his initial interest.
“I'd need to see him in a game but whether he would be good enough is open to question,” said Webb.
“He's no mug but I wouldn't say he is a world beater or anything like that.
“We have to go through the process now of getting international clearance and we will do that through the proper channels.”
Lucza was part of a Hungarian U19 side that lost 3-1 to England in a Uefa U19 European Championship preliminary tie at Oakwell in 2001.
t Lynn (from): Howie, Graham, Chapman, Weaver, Crane, Sedgemore, Camm, Frew, Mitchell, Defty, Joachim, Smith, Bloomfield, Turner, Francis, Murray.