Webb wants to lift gloom

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn chief Keith Webb looks to dispel the gathering storm clouds in today's Blue Square North Boxing Day test at Gainsborough Trinity (3pm).Webb labelled Lynn's Burscough no show 'unacceptable' at the weekend - a performance that sparked a thinly veiled festive threat to his under-performing squad.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn chief Keith Webb looks to dispel the gathering storm clouds in today's Blue Square North Boxing Day test at Gainsborough Trinity (3pm).

Webb labelled Lynn's Burscough no show 'unacceptable' at the weekend - a performance that sparked a thinly veiled festive threat to his under-performing squad.

“We've got a busy period now and we have to make sure we go to Gainsborough and pick it up again,” he said. “I'm looking at the situation, looking at the players and it might now be a case of getting some new ones in to change it.


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“Let's face it; they are not giving me the option at the minute. They are making my mind up and I can only defend for them for so long if they are not producing. It's easy to sit up above and say that they are not doing this or that but at the minute we look like it's the end of the season with the way we are performing.

“We can't afford that and I won't let that happen. I'm here to try and get this football club moving forward. I want to be part of it and I want to take players with me who want to be part of it but if they don't then that's down to them.”

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“You look at it and you have to say that, yes, it is becoming a concern,” said Webb. “I have to have a good look at myself and what I'm doing and a good look at the players. I'm not going to press panic buttons at the minute but I have to take a long, hard, deep look where we are at to produce that sort of performance on Saturday. We we're missing people like Cammy and Smithy but there was still enough there that I thought we would have got a result.”

Kettering loan defender Luke Graham was one of the few to escape Webb's wrath - but the 22-year-old admitted he was at a loss to explain Lynn's anaemic display.

“Answers on a postcard,” he said. “We can't look at the manager. It has to come from the players. He can't go out and defend or attack from one to 11. It's just not good enough for a club of this size. If they want to progress they have to perform much better. It was desperate.

“The fans come and pay their money to watch and be entertained. It's up to us to put on a show and we let them down massively. I've been here ten weeks and that was the worst display in my time even though it was only our second clean sheet. No excuses, we just didn't work as a team.”

Graham insists Lynn's Gainsborough mission can not come quickly enough.

“As players and the management we want to put that game out of our system and the sooner the better,” he said. “We need to go back to basics but if there was a positive we have the clean sheet to build on.

“You can't go into games having to score three and four to win matches. We know if we keep a clean sheet we won't lose the game.

“We need to give those who travel up something to cheer about. You always want to send the fans home happy and buzzing.

“I believe we can pick up six points from these two back-to-back games. We just need that win-at-all costs mentality. I think against Stafford we were unlucky not to win that game and we had plenty of chances at Workington in the second half.”

Graham confirmed he is keen to extend his loan stay at The Walks when his current deal ends on January 5.

“I need to keep playing games,” he said. “The Kettering manager has told me I'm a good player and I've done very well for the club but I'm young. They are challenging for the title and the lads at the back are playing well.

“I don't think the King's Lynn fans have seen the best of me yet because I came here with only reserve games under my belt this season. I hope we can sit down and do something so I can stay a bit longer early in the New Year.”

Lynn (from): Howie, Weaver, Chapman, C Defty, Graham, Crane, Peters, Thomas, Frew, Camm, Mitchell, Fisk, Smith, Sedgemore, J Defty, Joachim, Turner, Francis, Murray.

Read Mark Hearle's latest exclusive behind-the-scenes club column now on edp24.co.uk/kingslynn

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