Gary Setchell ready to wield the axe at King’s Lynn Town
- Credit: Matthew Usher
The exit door beckons for some of King's Lynn Town's defenders after Gary Setchell vowed to wield the axe.
The fed-up Linnets' boss refused to hold back after watching his men blow a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 at home to Marine on Saturday.
And having seen Lynn ship 16 goals in their last five matches, Setchell insisted changes will now have to be made.
'I'm not going to keep making excuses. At the end of the day, I've got to get players who can do the job,' said Setchell.
'Defensively we're not doing the job. Some of my forward players are absolutely 100pc doing their job and we're playing some good football. But defensively I've just got to get players who can do the job. We gave Marine three gifts. Teams are coming to The Walks and they're coming here for a day out. They're coming here for a jolly boys' outing. We're easy to play against defensively.'
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Andy Fowler's double, split by Phil Gulliver's and Rob Duffy's goals, and a strike from Will Jones were enough to consign Lynn to their third straight home defeat.
Setchell said it was like 'the blind, leading the blind' for the visitors' winner and refused to blame the referee for failing to give his team a penalty at 2-2 when Dan Jacob was taken out by 'keeper Ryan McMahon.
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Setchell said: 'We're matching teams in large for good play and ball possession, but every time the ball drops 30 yards from our goal, everyone here, including me, is on tenterhooks.
'If I had 'x' amount of pounds and I could bring in Conference defenders, and Conference defensive midfielders, that would be great. But I can't. I'm working to a budget. So there's no question about it. I'll have to move one or two things around to get players in who can do the job. I've got to bring in defenders who can defend. I've got to bring in players who really want to put their bodies on the line.
'I've stuck with it, I've stuck with it and now it's enough. No more chances. Yes, it was a penalty. But penalty or no penalty, the referee didn't lose the game for us. He made a mistake. But my defenders made three mistakes and we conceded three goals. Referee's don't defend my goal, my defenders do – or they don't.'
- To read a match report, and see Matthew Usher's picture gallery from Saturday's game, click here.