King’s Lynn joint boss Setchell demands no let up
King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell admits it is all or nothing for Town's title quest in tonight's UCL Premier Division game against Long Buckby at The Walks. (7.45pm)
Setchell knows the mathematics are simple with Lynn ten points adrift of St Neots but facing the first of three games in hand ahead of the long time leaders league visit to Norfolk this weekend.
'It's in our hands,' he said. 'We have six games out of the seven at home and we know what we have to do. I honestly believe if we beat Long Buckby and St Neots we will win our remaining five games. Tiredness will not come into it. If you slip up and you are waiting for St Neots to stumble then you won't have the same drive and determination.
'I thought the game against Daventry would be one of our hardest over the run-in. We had a heart-to-heart with the players about getting the job done this season. We went out and treated Daventry with respect and people can say they are mid-table, but they had only lost once at home. We did what we have done to a lot of sides in this league and that is make them look very ordinary.'
Chris Bacon and Robbie Harris were on the mark in a 5-0 win - Harris' strike his 30th of a productive campaign.
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'He isn't the quickest or the strongest but he is easily the best finisher in the football club and probably the best in the league,' said Setchell. 'If you give him a chance he'll score. He frightens defenders because he comes alive in the box. To get 30 goals and probably score more coming off the bench than starting takes some doing, but he is a great option to come on.
'Bacs played the two St Neots games and then was injured, but I had a chat with him last week and against St Ives I thought he bossed their two centre halves. He worked hard, he is getting his fitness back and he was outstanding again on Saturday. It is like signing a new player. He has that physical presence and of course that takes a bit of pressure off Jack (Defty) and then we have Robbie for when defences are tired late in games.'
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Town will need all their available firepower to beat fourth-placed Buckby who inflicted a 3-0 opening day defeat on the Linnets.
'We have come a long way since August 8,' said Setchell. 'Our players firmly believe we owe them one and they have to do what we have had to do - which is come away and travel on a Tuesday night. It's a game we expect to win.
'I know they beat us 3-0 and they are a good side but if you want to win the league you have to beat these teams at home. Everyone can talk about St Neots coming up, but that is irrelevant if we don't win against Long Buckby.'