King’s Lynn need to show a killer instinct
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon warns Town must prove their killer instinct to keep alive the club's UCL Premier Division title hopes.
Lynn raced into a 2-0 lead at S & L Corby last night but needed a late Jamie Thurlbourne free kick special to rescue a point in a disappointing 3-3 draw.
Long time league leaders St Neots came from behind to hammer third-placed Newport Pagnell 5-2 on the same evening to open up a six point gap over the Linnets.
Town still have a game in hand and host St Neots next month but Boon insists they can ill afford any more slip ups ahead of this weekend's trip to Pagnell.
'It adds a little bit more pressure to everything but there'll still be plenty of twists and turns,' he said. 'We just have to improve and maybe bring some bodies in. We need fresh blood, but to get it is very, very hard. Newport is now a must-win for us this weekend. We have to go and perform. The games are coming thick and fast and we knew this was going to happen.'
Boon offered no excuses after Town failed to grind out a league win following Saturday's gruelling FA Vase extra-time quarter-final success.
'I honestly don't think there was any reaction to the FA Vase game in terms of fatigue,' he said. 'I think the lads showed great character in that respect. We just have to learn how to kill the game off and with experience I think we would do it. The first 20 minutes we were fantastic. We scored two goals and the honest truth is we could have been five or six up but we were indisciplined because we don't have enough experience.
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'You either go three up from that position or they get one back and they scored a fluke before half-time and the pressure came right back on. We failed to keep the momentum going and keep scoring the goals.'
Boon defended highly-rated young keeper Alex Street who was beaten from long range on two occasions.
'We didn't stop the balls coming into our box,' he said. 'People might want to blame Pedro but you can't blame him. One of the goals has struck the crossbar, hit him, and gone back in. They were fluke goals and that lad has done nothing wrong this season so you can't put it down to one individual. It's about the team.'
Defender Danny Buhlemann is expected to miss this weekend's crucial away trip after being stretchered off at Corby. Lynn are already without midfielder Danny White who is still in hospital having been admitted at the weekend with suspected viral meningitis.
'Bully picked up a knock we are bit worried might keep him out for a couple of weeks,' confirmed Boon. 'We'll see how it settles down and responds to treatment. Danny is still in hospital undergoing tests. We've spoken to the family and there is talk he might be able to come out this weekend but there's also a possibility the doctors may want to keep him in longer.'