Skipper backs manager’s blast at Linnets

King's Lynn skipper Mark Warren backed Keith Webb's stinging criticism of his players ahead of today's Southern League, Premier Division trip to Cirencester.

King's Lynn skipper Mark Warren backed Keith Webb's stinging criticism of his players ahead of today's Southern League, Premier Division trip to Cirencester.

Webb pulled no punches after Lynn's desperate midweek home defeat to Corby - the Linnets' chief telling his men they are playing for their futures after a second defeat in three league outings.

Warren insisted the squad will come out fighting against the Centurions at The Corinium Stadium - scene of their biggest away win in 33 years last season with a thumping 6-1 romp.

"The manager has every right to say what he did," said Warren. "He picks the team and the formation that he feels can go out and do a job and it's up to the players to carry that out and adapt to each situation. Tuesday was a nightmare for us but we have enough experienced boys to handle this.

"We can't quite put our fingers on it but we know its not clicking. We just seem more relaxed and able to play better away from home. I really feel it's only a matter of time before someone gets it - although I don't think we can expect the same as what we did at Cirencester last year.

"Teams will see us getting beat by Corby and it'll give them a lift. We need a good result to bounce back and get us on a league run. It's still so early and I've no doubts we'll be in and around that top three all season."

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Warren dismissed any suggestion last month's heavy Halesowen 4-1 defeat was a key turning point in the club's recent downturn.

"No, I don't think that is the case," he said. "We put that result behind us and moved on. We haven't been playing well, but were still grinding out results until Tuesday. First half we played okay but second half we went to pieces. It's time for us to stand up and be counted now. People can talk about expectation and yes, that does bring added pressure, but you know that is the case if you play for a club like King's Lynn. The supporters backed us all through the match with their singing but they made their feelings known at the end - and they had every right."

Craig Fleming (ankle), Phil Mulryne (groin) and Joe Francis (knee) are ruled out. John Turner (calf) and Shaun Carey (strain) are major doubts.

"Shaun is a big player for us," said Warren. "He would be the first to admit at the moment he's not fully match fit but I still feel the depth of our squad is there to cope with injuries or suspensions. The club brought some quality players in during the summer so we can't hide behind that as an excuse."

Centurions' boss Adie Viveash released young defender Dan Hilder in midweek but Andrew Chapman is available after completing his recent move from Weston Super Mare following a successful loan stint.

King's Lynn (from): Howie, West, Chapman, Lake, Warren, Crane, C Defty, Camm, Frew, Carey, Bloomfield, Nolan, J Defty, Turner, Heath-Preston, Fisk, Murray.