Michael Clunan is King’s Lynn Town’s unsung hero, says Setchell
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Gary Setchell believes Michael Clunan can continue to be King's Lynn Town's unsung hero.
The midfield playmaker has been a near ever-present since his arrival from Dereham Town in the summer of 2015. He scored seven goals last season and has already netted three times this term. Two of those strikes came during last weekend's 6-1 FA Cup breeze against Brigg Town and Setchell feels the 22-year-old is growing into a more advanced position ahead of today's trip to Chesham United.
Lynn's boss said: 'When Millsy (Gary Mills, player-assistant) plays, Michael plays in a slightly different role, higher up the pitch. His goal at Frome was better than both of them on Saturday. For our first goal (against Brigg) nobody will remember what he did.
'They'll remember the great ball from Toby (Hilliard) and the finish from Metts (Leon Mettam), but Michael ratted around three or four players high up the pitch, nicked the ball and slipped it down the line for Toby. A lot of his hard work and energy goes unnoticed because he's not a big tackler.
'He does intercept a lot of passes, a lot of our stuff goes through him, and I don't think he ever really fully gets the credit he deserves. He had a bit of a slow start to the season, maybe because of the way we were trying to play, but now he's found his feet and he's chipped in with three goals in three games so it's been a good spell for him.'
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The Linnets, who took five matches to record a victory this term, have now lost just once in the same number of fixtures. The upturn has come as a welcome relief after a disappointing start. But Setchell is only too well aware that it needs to be built on quickly if his men are to start climbing the Southern League Premier Division table.
'I think we're over the rut now and over, hopefully, the fans booing us off for now,' added the long-serving manager.
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'But we've still got a job to do in the league. We're 18th, we feel we're better than that, and we've got two tough away games – it doesn't get any easier – and then we've got the FA Cup and the games just keep on coming.
'People think the Northern Premier is a lot tougher, but I'm not so sure it is. There's a lot of good teams in this league. We'll keep going, keep trying to play the right way and hopefully we'll pick up results.
'It's a bit better than it was a month ago. The two defeats (St Neots and Banbury) could have absolutely crushed us, but we've regrouped. We've had two poor performances this season. They weren't just poor, they were sackable performances.
'Have another two of them on the spin and you can't see a way back from it. But we've managed to regroup, we've done a lot of talking, we tried to put a finger on it and we've tried to find a way for us to play.'
Versatile youngster Danny Emmington is in line for his debut after missing out against Brigg because of paperwork issues. Jacek Zielonka returns while Leon Mettam and Shaun McWilliams will hope to overcome fitness worries. Dan Quigley is suspended.
The Linnets have announced that Barsby Produce Ltd, of King's Lynn, and Wisbech security firm SWC are shirt and short sponsors respectively for the club's away kit.