Gary Setchell lets rip at King’s Lynn Town’s FA Cup flops

Gary Setchell left and Neil Fryatt look on during Saturday's drubbing. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Gary Setchell left and Neil Fryatt look on during Saturday's drubbing. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Gary Setchell ripped into his defenders after watching King's Lynn Town crash to a 5-1 defeat at home to Cambridge City.

The Linnets were 4-0 down at half-time of the FA Cup first qualifying round tie on Saturday and the hosts' furious manager admitted he had no answers as to why his men put in such a woeful display.

Setchell said: 'We defended with absolutely no direction whatsoever. The lads have done well for us this season and last season, and had been brilliant on Wednesday (in 4-1 win at Worksop) but you just can't excuse the goals we conceded, especially at home.

'I can't explain it. We looked heavy, we looked leggy, and the confidence drained from us gradually and gradually. That's as bad as we've defended since (Chris) Bacon (former player now at Cambridge) came back with Wisbech (pre-season loss last summer). Bakes is a good player, but if someone was watching in the stands they'd probably sign him for £10,000. He was that effective. It was absolutely disgusting defending.'

Rob Duffy grabbed a second-half consolation for The Walks outfit who blew the chance of bagging £3,000 prize money and a place in today's draw for the next stage.

'I said to the lads before the game, last season's cup (Trophy) run, I think gave us the belief to go on and win the league,' said Setchell.

'I wanted something similar on Saturday. It would have been a great game to win. We lost it, but we didn't just lose it. It was an absolutely crushing defeat.'

- To read a match report from the weekend's game, and see Matthew Usher's picture gallery, click here.