Gary Setchell believes King’s Lynn Town can take positives from Witton Albion defeat
King's Lynn Town's players can be confident after matching opponents who contested last season's play-offs, according to manager Gary Setchell.
The Linnets lost a close encounter at Witton Albion following substitute Shaun Tuck's decisive goal three minutes from time, an outcome that appeared harsh on the visitors at full time.
'I think a draw would have been fairer,' said the Lynn boss.
'It was a game of fine margins, one that perhaps last season we would have seen out or maybe have nicked a winner ourselves.
'But we're playing at a higher level now and if you switch off – even for a couple of seconds – then it can cost you.
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'It's hard to take when you concede a goal so late in a game, particularly as we've given a good account of ourselves against a side that was among the top five in this division last year.
'I promised our fans that we'd be competitive at this level, and we were again in this game.'
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He did not criticise Dan Jacob, Lynn's form player in front of goal after scoring seven goals in the first four matches, after he spurned the visitors' best chances.
Twice face-to-face with Witton's goalkeeper Matt Cooper, on both occasions he shot too close to the custodian.
Setchell said: 'Dan's the man of the moment for us, and I'd probably have put my house on him scoring when one-on-one with their keeper.
'He was there both times, but could not quite make it count despite working the keeper on each occasion.
'We can't keep relying on him up there; somebody else needs to chip in as well.
'If I was disappointed with anything, then it was a lack of quality at times in the final third.'
The Linnets boss was able to take a first look at new recruit Gary Mills, who played for the final half hour after arriving this week from Boston United on a three-month loan.
Despite not yet training with his new team-mates, the midfielder gave a glimpse of what he is capable of.
'I thought Gary did well,' added Setchell.
'He got the ball down and moved it around. He's ultra-comfortable in possession, but will need a bit of time to learn how we play.'