Draw disappointment hurt my players the most, insists title-chasing King’s Lynn Town boss Setchell
King's Lynn Town look to return to winning ways today with boss Gary Setchell insisting nobody was more disappointed about Tuesday's draw than his players.
The Linnets dropped their first points in the United Counties Premier Division this year when they drew 1-1 at Boston Town. Having won the initial tie 1-0 in October, replayed because Lynn played Rob Hughes in the match while suspended, the draw felt like a defeat for many travelling fans at Tattershall Road.
To make matters worse title-rivals Long Buckby seized the initiative by inflicting revenge on Yaxley to close the gap on Setchell's table-topping side to just seven points. However, despite the Bucks, who travel to high-flying St Ives this afternoon, having three games in hand on his side, Setchell insists nobody is panicking at The Walks.
'We weren't overly disappointed with the performance on Tuesday, we were just disappointed with the result,' said Setchell, whose title-chasing side travel to mid-table Northampton Spencer today.
'It wasn't disastrous because at the end of the day it might prove to be a very big point come April 28. I had a good chat with the lads after the game and we tried to keep things positive. Dropping two points wasn't ideal but there's still lots of football to go and I'm sure there will be plenty of twists and turns yet.
'This means a lot to the players and sometimes people forget that. Some of them have been here nearly two years and they're desperate to get out of this league. The supporters, chairman, my staff and me left disappointed on Tuesday but the players probably felt it the most.
'They work so hard but it's very difficult to win a league. Some people never win one and you've only got to look at great players like Steven Gerrard to know just how hard that can be.'
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Left-back Jordan Yong will definitely miss Lynn's trip to Northampton after injuring his ankle at Boston. Captain Ross Watson (calf) will undergo a late fitness test while Alex Street (ankle) should shake off a slight knock.
'I don't think we could have done a lot more than we did to try and win the game at Boston,' said the Linnets boss.
'But you've got to give credit to them for how they defended. We defended poorly for the goal and I was disappointed with how we conceded. We showed a bit of naivety as a team and I'm looking for a reaction today.'