King’s Lynn Town boss tells fans to avoid impatience
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Manager Gary Setchell has warned King's Lynn fans not to be impatient after their title-chasing side let a two-goal lead slip in the last 13 minutes on Saturday.
With main rivals Long Buckby dropping their first points of the season in a 3-3 draw at second-placed Holbeach, it was a doubly frustrating afternoon for the Linnets followers. Lynn return to action this afternoon against Newport Pagnell at The Walks and Setchell said: 'The fans are going to be disgruntled when you're 2-0 up and Long Buckby have dropped points, we've missed a great opportunity. Supporters are going to voice their opinions, but no-one is more disappointed than the players and me.
'But titles are not won in December, they're won in May and there are going to be a lot of twists and turns before then. It's a case of not being impatient. When we've got a full team out there, which we will have soon, it will help us.
'If we beat Newport Pagnell it will be seven points from three difficult games and that will not be a disastrous Christmas.'
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Lynn took the lead at Chestnut Avenue with just six minutes on the clock, Luke Thurlbourne heading home Stephen Spriggs' centre.
The visitors went further ahead when Star defender Mark Cox was caught in possession and Spriggs made it 2-0 in the 57th minute.
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The introduction of Karl Gibbs and Avelino Vieira for PNS changed the game and on 77 minutes Gibbs replied for Star, shooting home after his first shot had been blocked.
Lynn substitute Robbie Harris headed against the crossbar, but Town's 100pc away record fell when Vieira's run into the box was halted illegally and Jon Stead scored from the spot in injury time to net his 22nd goal of the season.
Setchell added: 'It was perhaps a game we did not deserve to be 2-0 up in, but we found ourselves in that position and we were looking comfortable.
'Unfortunately goals change games – they scored a scruffy one and it totally changed the game.
'The second was definitely a penalty, no argument about that, but it was disappointing because it would have been another great victory.
'It wasn't a case of us relaxing, when you're going for titles you don't relax. They got their tails up and with Jack Defty and Ross Watson missing we maybe didn't have enough experience to see it out. It's not often we relinquish a lead but we need to learn from it. The beauty of it is that there is another tough game straight away and if we win that, Saturday will be forgotten.'