Gary Setchell admits he needs to recruit leaders at King’s Lynn Town after home defeat
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Gary Setchell is hoping to pump new life into King's Lynn Town's season by injecting some experience into The Walks' dressing room.
The Linnets suffered their sixth home Evo-Stik Premier Division defeat of the campaign against in-form Workington on Saturday. The loss was deserved – with Lynn's boss refusing to blame referee Neil Smith for not sending visiting keeper Jonny Jamieson off for his seemingly last-man foul on Michael Frew at 0-0 – and after seeing his troops struggle to offer a response to going behind, it looks likely that some fresh faces could be introduced to help drive the club out of their mid-table malaise.
Setchell said: 'I know what I need. I need some leadership and I need some steel. Your Phil Gulliver your Richard Bunting (ex-players) types. I need a couple of them.
'Unfortunately 27-year-old mobile Bunting and Gullivers are all playing Football League or the Conference. But I know what areas we need to strengthen. What can you do about individual errors apart from change the individuals? But it's difficult.
'The money is there to bring the players in. The chairman (Buster Chapman) is willing me to bring players in. I'm trying my best to bring players in. You have to go through the seven-day process and we're at that now. I've offered them what we can offer them. They're going to do what's best for themselves. But it's difficult. Our league position isn't over inviting, on top of the travelling and everything else.
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'I'll keep trying though. I know the areas I've got to improve. I think three-quarters of the supporters probably know where we've got to improve. I've got to replace George (Thomson) and I've got to get some leadership on the pitch.
'We just need one or two experienced and older Step Two and Three footballers who have been about a little bit at this sort of level just to give us a bit more direction because we've got some good young players.'
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Gareth Arnison's first-half opener and Gavin Skelton's 75th-minute strike – after Henry Eze had dallied on the ball and lost possession – looked set to secure the Reds' victory. A late header from Lynn loanee Leon Mettam, his third goal in four appearances, jangled some nerves but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation for the hosts who produced a disappointing showing after the break.
'The key moments in both boxes we came out second best, unfortunately,' added Lynn's frustrated manager, whose side sit 12th in the 24-team table.
'Second half we were poor. They were more workman-like than us. Obviously goals change games. But we didn't have very good patterns of play. We didn't get the ball down. We were over-run in midfield. If we would have got an equaliser we probably wouldn't have deserved it in all fairness.'
Click here to read a match report and see a gallery of pictures from Saturday's game.