‘We’ve done absolutely nothing yet,’ says Simon Lappin as King’s Lynn Town head to Gosport Borough
It couldn't be further removed from their previous midweek match, but King's Lynn Town won't let their standards drop when they travel south to Gosport Borough tonight.
A week after the thrilling 3-2 home win over title-chasing Hereford, the table-topping Linnets travel to a side who are rock bottom of the table, with a goal difference of -77 and just one home win in 14 attempts.
But Simon Lappin insists the stats will have no bearing on Lynn's approach to the game.
The former Norwich City man – who joined Lynn in a blaze of publicity alongside former City team-mate Grant Holt in October – has been around long enough to know that complacency is a recipe for disaster.
'I knew from the get-go when I spoke to the manager,' said Lappin. 'Obviously I know how he works and what I was coming into.
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'It is a great bunch of boys, they all work hard and they are all grounded and that is how we need to remain. We have done absolutely nothing yet, and I mean that, absolutely nothing. There are still 14 games to go – we take it one at a time, and that starts with Tuesday again.'
The weekend's 5-0 win over Dunstable Town kept Lynn on top, three points ahead of Weymouth, with Kettering the only one of the leading pack dropping points after losing to Royston. But, again, that ex-pro's philosophy of the game is clear to see.
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'We are not bothered about anybody else,' said Lappin. 'We can only look after ourselves and what is in our dressing room. If other teams drop points or pick up points, whatever, we can't affect that. We can only affect what we do and we'll see where it takes us.'
Lappin has started 17 games for the Linnets, with manager Ian Culverhouse finding success from a blend of youth and experience and a depth that saw two substitutes – Tom Siddons and Eion McQuaid – among the goals on Saturday.
'Everybody is buying into what we are trying to do,' said Lappin. 'You need a squad – there are going to be suspensions and injuries throughout the rest of the season so it is going to take everybody in the dressing room, and we all know that. Everybody knows they have a part to play so they make sure they are ready when called upon.'