Gary Setchell’s sympathy for his King’s Lynn Town goalkeeper Alex Street

Alex Street and his King's Lynn Town players have suffered plenty of disappointments this season. Pi

Alex Street and his King's Lynn Town players have suffered plenty of disappointments this season. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Gary Setchell insists King's Lynn Town's defensive failings have cast an unfair shadow over Alex Street's performances this season.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has conceded 77 goals in 44 matches as the Linnets' backline has been brutally exposed during their second Evo-Stik Premier Division campaign. Had it not been for Street's heroics – especially during the vital away victory at Witton Albion in March – that record could have looked far more damaging. And Setchell admits his number one has been left too exposed far too often – especially during the Linnets' startling slump in form during 2015.

Lynn's manager, whose men were thumped 4-0 at play-off chasing Curzon Ashton last time out, said: 'We've got to do something about it (conceding goals).

'I said in there (the dressing room); 'We've probably shipped 75 goals this season and we've got for me arguably one of the best young goalkeepers, well the best young goalkeeper in the league, (actually) probably one of the best goalkeepers in the league'.

'It's just not good enough and I said to the lads 'there's two more games'. Well. I didn't pull any punches (in there). I don't want to go into too many details.'

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Lynn, in the lower reaches of mid-table, head to Matlock Town for their final away game of the campaign this afternoon. The Gladiators won the reverse 3-1 little more than a month ago. But both clubs have had trouble finding the back of the net recently with the Linnets netting just five times during their last six matches and Matlock (four) being even less ruthless. The latter have, however, been unbeaten in their past three outings and know a victory would see them climb above their visitors in the table with just one round of fixtures to go.

'When you concede too many soft goals and miss too many gilt-edged chances you're just not going to be a successful football team,' added Setchell, speaking to his club's official YouTube channel.

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'We think we're better than what we are – which is a massive issue. We need to put in the hard yards. I don't know the stats exactly but the amount of times we've gone behind in the first 15 minutes away from home – any club will tell you, you can't do that. You've got to stay in games.'

Striker Sam Mulready has completed his suspension and is available for selection as Lynn target their fourth victory on the road since New Year's Day – a happier stat given their early troubles outside Norfolk.

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