King’s Lynn can play with freedom, insists boss ahead of Ilkeston test
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King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell believes his side's recent form means they can play with more 'freedom' ahead of their Evo-Stik Premier Division clash at home to Ilkeston Town this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Linnets staged a memorable comeback on Saturday to defeat Marine, despite playing the majority of the match with 10 men after they had fallen behind.
The victory meant Lynn had taken 10 points out of the last 12 available, lifting them to fifth in the process, and Setchell believes the pressure has lifted from his squad thanks to their recent run.
'We've got ourselves in a really good position where we can play with a bit of freedom now,' said the Lynn chief, whose side have got an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against AFC Fylde to look forward to on Saturday.
'We've done the hard yards over the past few weeks and it's up to us to make it count now.'
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Ilkeston have enjoyed a good start to the season themselves, establishing a passing style that has taken them to sixth in the league table.
The two sides fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw at The New Manor Ground in September and Setchell is expecting another tough encounter.
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'Ilkeston are going to come and they are going to bop it about,' he said. 'They've got an average age of about 19 or 20 and they gave us a murdering over there.
'They will run us into the ground and we will have to stay in the game at times but when teams come at us, that's when we're at our most dangerous. We can hit teams on the break with plenty of pace and endeavour.
'They will have a lot of possession in their own half and it's up to us to try and put some pressure on them.'
Setchell admitted he may have to make changes to his side following their endeavours on Saturday and will be keeping a close eye on any tired legs in the squad.
'I will just keep rotating as much as I can to try and give lads a bit of respite,' he said. 'The games are coming thick and fast but when you're winning it doesn't hurt as much. If you're on a losing streak, the games get harder and harder.'
The Lynn boss is hoping to add to his squad this week but admitted it is difficult to bring players of the right quality in, who can make a difference to his squad.
'I'm glad I trimmed the squad down when I did to get the extra quality in and I'm trying to bring another in,' he told the club's official Youtube channel.
'But where we are on the map it's difficult to get quality players in. It's not a case of ringing someone up and asking if they want to come to King's Lynn and they say, 'yeah'. It's difficult where we are.
'But when players do come here and get a taste of it, there aren't too many that want to leave.'
The Linnets are still waiting to find out the identity of their FA Trophy qualifying round opponents after Market Drayton and Rainworth MW drew 2-2 on Saturday. The two sides replay this evening and Lynn will go to the winners on Saturday, November 1.