Coalville chief braced for stiff King’s Lynn return
Coalville boss Adam Stevens has ruled out any complacency with Wembley in sight ahead of this weekend's semi-final, second leg return at King's Lynn.
The Ravens' travel to Norfolk with a three goal cushion after Luke Miveld and Jerome Murdock's second half brace put the Midland Alliance club in command of the tie.
'Would we have settled for that? Too right we would,' he said. 'I asked them to do a job before the game and they stuck to it to a man. As a team and a squad it was an outstanding performance but we are not getting carried away. Perhaps we could have won by a few more in the end because we had a couple of other chances, but its half-time.
'We'll go to King's Lynn this week, be professional and get the job done. They'll be up for it, but so will we. We've put in a good performance here but its one game. King's Lynn is a good side. I've said it all along but there are four good ones left. You don't come through six rounds by fluke. You are there on merit. To me it's a prestige competition with a lot of good teams, good players and good teams who have gone out already so we know it is far from over.'
Murdock and fellow frontman Matthew Moore terrorised Lynn's backline to set up the decisive first leg win.
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'Whoever we play up there they put a shift in and to be fair both of them did,' said Stevens. 'Jabba was playing in the Conference for Tamworth not so long back. He lost his way a bit, went to Barwell, but he is a kid who just loves football and I'm trying to get him to enjoy it again. Likewise, Matt Moore. At times he'll frustrate the living daylights out of you, but he is always round about, always a threat.
'The key to me is the team. I'm never one for singling out players because another game, another day you'll need to rely on someone else to get you out of the mess. We work as a team together. You can see that in this game. The lads work extremely hard for each other.'
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Stevens is under no illusions that collective work ethic will be tested at The Walks.
'I'm a hard worker and I like my players to work hard and if they don't they don't last long at the club,' he said. 'We have a good team spirit. We're massive underdogs in this competition. We're relatively new at this level of football compared to the size of clubs like Lynn, Whitley Bay and Poole who all have that infrastructure. We're not on that level yet.'