Positive Setchell will forget ‘poor defending’ during King’s Lynn Town’s 5-3 League Cup win
Boss Gary Setchell insists he will be taking only the positives from King's Lynn Town's United Counties League Cup quarter-final triumph on Saturday, despite admitting his side defended poorly.
Lynn booked their place in the last four with an exciting 5-3 win over Cogenhoe United at The Walks to stretch their unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions. While their attacking play was excellent, the Linnets' defending left a lot to be desired with Setchell admitting he was fully aware - but not concerned - by his side's shortcomings on the day.
The Linnets boss said: 'We looked very good going forward. We showed plenty of pace, power, created chances with a little bit of good guile at times but on the other side of the coin the way we defended was poor.
'I know we didn't have our first-choice keeper playing but it wasn't any fault of Matt Hails how we defended. We obviously lost Stuart Wall early (through injury) so there was one or two factors that didn't help. Ross Watson hadn't started for 12 to 14 weeks and when we took off Stuart and then Jack (Defty) and were without Pedro (Alex Street) then from every set piece we looked like conceding which is disappointing and is something we've got to work on.
'But overall to win 5-3 and score some of the goals we did - which were different class - means I won't be harping on about the defending. I'd rather take the positives. We've kept clean sheets at crucial times this year so it's not a massive problem for us because we made changes to the side. We've conceded far less goals than we did last campaign and we always looked like we were in control of the game.'
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Captain Watson bagged a first-half brace with Defty scoring a head to give Lynn a 3-1 half-time lead. Danny White's 30-yard screamer and a Curtis Avery own goal secured Lynn's deserved victory.
Setchell praised Watson's influence and the performances of White, Rob Hughes and Jamie Thurlbourne - who gave a virtuoso display on the left-hand side of Lynn's midfield.
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'Ross is a big player for us but even though he's captain he's not exempt from the competition in our squad,' said Setchell.
'He walked out of the office and said 'after today I'll be playing every game' and that's what I want from him. That's why he's captain. He's a leader, he believes in himself and he's a credit to himself when he's on the pitch when we're in the trenches.
'I think you could tell the lads were rusty after a few weeks off, especially in the first 15 minutes because we didn't get out of the traps very well. It took us until Jack's goal to blow the cobwebs off but once we did I always felt we looked likely to score when we went forward.'
Wall, who tweaked his groin, and Defty, substituted after hurting his knee, are both doubts for Lynn's league game at Thrapston Town tomorrow.