Webb's rallying call to Linnets
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is calling for bravery from his men to halt the club's Southern League, Premier Division tailspin at Wealdstone today (3). Lynn target their first league points of a miserable month at the relegation-threatened Stones.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is calling for bravery from his men to halt the club's Southern League, Premier Division tailspin at Wealdstone today (3).
Lynn target their first league points of a miserable month at the relegation-threatened Stones.
December also brought double cup heartache but Webb insists his new charges are ready to fight back.
“If you offered me a scrappy 1-0 I'd take it straight away,” he said. “I know people are getting a little edgy and results have not been good. I've seen enough in my short space of time to tell me we have quality in the group. It's getting the boys back to the level they were performing at.
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“If we'd taken 50pc of the chances in my first two matches the outcome would've been completely different. It will turn - I'm convinced of that. It's about going to Wealdstone, being disciplined, and sticking to the gameplan.”
Webb revealed midfield duo Matt O'Halloran and Sam McMahon are set for instant recalls after missing the festive period through injury.
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Striker Michael Frew (hamstring) is a major doubt. Steve Melton is available after his two-match ban but set for a watching brief after missing Webb's first training session.
“Steve had a touch of flu so we might hold him back for Rugby,” he said. “The two other midfield lads are both fit and they will come straight in. I'll have to monitor the situation with Frewy. It's a niggly injury and if it went he could be out for a couple of months. If he doesn't make it then the likes of Matt Nolan and Alex Notman will get an opportunity.
“We had a really positive session on Thursday. I was delighted with the attitude of the players. There was good intensity to the work we did and the mood was upbeat.”
Webb has earmarked Jack Defty as a key man to lead Lynn's revival.
“I've no doubt he can be a big asset for King's Lynn,” he said. “One of my aims is to get his fitness up over the next month because it isn't what I consider acceptable for Southern League standard. He's got a great physical presence and a good touch. Jack knows where the goal is and he will get his chance.”
Webb wants to foster a siege mentality to arrest the club's recent decline.
“I've seen it happen at the top level so it can certainly happen at ours,” he said. “When you get in a rut you keep working hard, believe the things you're doing are right, and it will turn sooner or later. When a team is flying then the ugly side of the game, like rolling up your sleeves and battling, takes care of itself. When results turn you have to go back to basics.
“At Stamford we started well but you could see the lack of confidence. We're a passing team and it's about being brave enough to keep playing the same way. It can be difficult finding space, particularly on tight pitches, but the players have to remain patient.
“They can sense the frustration around the place and it's the easiest thing in the world to think you have to get the ball forward quickly. We worked on one or two areas in training and we'll keep doing that to improve.”
King's Lynn (from): Marshall, West, Blois, Warren, Cooper, Fisk, Cave-Brown, Camm, J Defty, Frew, O'Halloran, McMahon, Notman, Nolan, Toms, Higgs, Crane, Melton.
Former King's Lynn striker Danny Bloomfield yesterday completed a £5,000 move from Histon to Ryman Premier Division outfit Heybridge Swifts.
Bloomfield handed in a transfer request at the Conference South leaders earlier this month citing a lack of first team opportunities.
“It was important we obtained our money back on Danny,” Stutes' chairman Gareth Baldwin told the club's official web site. “£5,000 is a lot money and not something we can write off. By receiving the fee we paid King's Lynn we will not have to pay a sell on to King's Lynn or any of the other complicated bonus payments that were in the original sale agreement when we purchased Danny.
“All of this was important to our board and with those matters satisfied Danny has agreed terms with Heybridge. We wish him the very best of luck in all that he does in and out of football.”