King’s Lynn boss Setchell hails team spirit
King's Lynn boss Gary Setchell insists Town's team spirit remains rock solid after recent off-the-field incidents resulted in the departures of former joint manager Kevin Boon and defender Paul Cousins.
Setchell's first match in sole charge brought a thumping 5-1 midweek UCL Premier Division win over Deeping following a difficult few days for the club.
'The togetherness was never out of the camp,' said Setchell. 'I know some people and various sections were saying there were factions and support for one person over another. It was all done professionally and behind closed doors and that is how it should be. We're not going to worry about who is gone, we are going to worry about the football. That means the League Cup this weekend, then Sleaford next Tuesday and then the FA Cup game. Deeping is a tough team who I have no doubt whatsoever will finish in the top six, but we destroyed them.'
Former Dereham striker Danny Beaumont was Lynn's tormentor-in-chief with a superb hat-trick to take his league tally to seven in eight appearances.
'Funnily enough, I was saying before the game what a great signing he had been without probably getting his rewards this season,' said Setchell. 'The lad is a talent and he showed why against Deeping. I thought Luke Thurlbourne had scored the best goal I had ever seen for the club last season but Danny's first was special – no back lift and it goes in off the underside of the crossbar like a rocket.
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'You couldn't fault his all round contribution to the team, his work ethic on the left-hand side of midfield - which is where he operated for Dereham. He came to us as a forward in the summer, but I think that is his position with his movement off the ball and his ability to cut inside and that causes defenders a lot of problems. He has been a great addition to the squad. He is a quiet lad but he mixes in really well and we are very lucky to have him. He is an astute signing.'
Setchell admitted Town could also have unearthed another gem in forward Nelson Moriera who was on the fringes of the first team squad last season.
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'Nelson never let us down last year, but it has just fell for him now and he is grabbing the opportunity,' said Setchell. 'He looks a lot fitter. If you had been at a Premier League ground and watched his finish (against Deeping) you would have said that was unbelievable. He is a 30-year-old talent who has just burst onto the scene. We have found a player from nowhere – a signing out of nothing.'
Meanwhile, Cousins could potentially be offered a route back into the local game by former club Wisbech. Fenmen boss Steve Appleby will not rule out a reunion with his former skipper.
'I don't know if Paul would come back - or whether I'd definitely want him back - but I'm not going to close any doors on him returning,' he said. 'If it feels right I won't be afraid to make what could be an unpopular, or a very popular decision, amongst our supporters. It's all up in the air for now. Paul's a good friend but I'm sure we won't be the only club talking to him because he's a great football player. Whatever happens - all things considered - I'll do what I think is best for Wisbech Town football club.'