Webb looks to youngsters for League Cup
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb threw down a challenge to his youngsters ahead of tonight's errea Southern League Cup fourth-round tie against Corby at The Walks (7.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb threw down a challenge to his youngsters ahead of tonight's errea Southern League Cup fourth-round tie against Corby at The Walks (7.45pm).
Webb will keep faith with the fringe players who despatched Stamford in the previous round. The Linnets' chief plans to rest the majority of his frontline squad, but admits the first team door is wide open after Saturday's stoppage-time 2-1 league defeat at Team Bath.
"It's an opportunity for them to show me what they can do," he said. "What happened at the weekend has not changed my mindset at all. Make no mistake, it won't be a weak team we send out, because it's a match I want to win.
"Of course promotion is the priority, but that doesn't mean we won't take the tie seriously. It's certainly not a distraction as far as I'm concerned."
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Webb confirmed young keeper Duncan McAnally will start in place of Shaun Marshall. The Fakenham-born stopper has suffered a mid-season dip in form after impressing following his summer arrival.
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"Shaun is a good keeper," said Webb. "Every player has bad spells and he is going through one of those. It's the only position on the pitch where a mistake can prove so costly. It's frustrating for me because the goals we are letting in are cheap goals and that is something we could avoid."
The Linnets' boss is targeting a quality back up after John Higgs' departure.
"We've made one or two enquiries in that position," said Webb. "It's difficult finding the right type of keeper to come and perhaps be part of the squad. My phone has been red hot regarding players and there's a couple I want to get out and see.
"I'd like to do something before the weekend, but it depends on the clubs and lads involved so you can never take anything for granted.
"What I won't do is bring in two or three for the sake of it. If they're no better than what we have at the club I'm only cutting off my nose to spite my face."
Webb remains upbeat despite Lynn slipping into mid table after being pegged back at Team Bath.
"The dressing room was quiet but we'll dust ourselves down and go again," he said.
""It happened to Man United as well on Sunday and they are one of the best. First half we played very well. On the number of chances we should have been two up. They scored right after the break and it lifted them.
"For a spell they battered us. They were a fit team - you could tell their training levels are much higher than ours and it showed for me."