Webb urges Linnets to keep pressure on
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is demanding tunnel vision from his Southern League, Premier Division promotion chasers at Cheshunt today. Lynn briefly halted title favourites Bath City's championship charge in last weekend's hard fought draw but the Romans moved nine points clear of their main rivals after midweek success at Maidenhead.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is demanding tunnel vision from his Southern League, Premier Division promotion chasers at Cheshunt today.
Lynn briefly halted title favourites Bath City's championship charge in last weekend's hard fought draw but the Romans moved nine points clear of their main rivals after midweek success at Maidenhead.
Webb admits Lynn's priority now is to put their own house in order and pounce on any Bath slip ups over the tense run in.
"It's not about looking at Bath - we can't affect their games," he said. "I'm not bothered with checking on who they've got left to play and how many points they might pick up. All I'm focussed on is our next batch of games. We hope Bath will have a dip and we need to pick up as many points as we can.
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"If they don't slip up then we have to aim to finish as high as we can. I send all my teams out to win every match they play so the mindset at this stage is no different."
Webb predicts another dogfight against the struggling Ambers who recruited former Peterborough front man Lloyd Opara this week to form an attacking spearhead with league top gun Darrell Cox.
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"It's another team fighting for their lives," he said. "In many respects it's a similar situation to Northwood who we played recently. We need to be mentally right and ready for the battle. I don't care whether it's top one week and bottom the next - at this stage there is something on every match.
"To me that looks quite a potent strikeforce so we'll have to be tuned in to deal with the threat."
Webb is challenging his own strike twins Matt Nolan and Michael Frew to produce the goods. Lynn's first choice front pair has notched in each of their last four starts together.
"The Bath strikers came to our place with a big reputation," said Webb. "I honestly feel if our two lads had taken a few more of the chances created by us recently they'd also be right up there in the goal charts.
"Matty and Frewy have the makings of a good partnership. They're in possession at the moment so it's up to them to keep working hard. With Alex (Notman) and Jack (Defty) I feel it's another area of the side with competition for places."
Webb added young talent Steve Diggin to the mix with the former Aston Villa schoolboy making his debut in the League Cup stoppage time defeat against Rugby.
The Linnets boss is tempted to draft the 19-year-old straight into his first team squad.
"I've no doubts he can handle the step up," said Webb. "It's just a case of whether this weekend might be too soon. I think everybody could see his potential in midweek although he faded a little after the break. He really enjoyed himself and had a chance to see what a really big club this is. For me, he's certainly one for the future."
Keeper Shaun Marshall (ankle) is still sidelined. Captain Mark Warren (calf) could be included in the travelling party.
"Wazza is still in a bit of pain," said Webb. "He's feeling it when he jumps and twists. The physio has been working on him but if he breaks down we lose him long term and I don't want that."
King's Lynn (from): Crichton, West, Cave-Brown, Blois, Warren, Cooper, Crane, Fisk, Camm, Melton, McMahon, O'Halloran, Defty, Notman, Nolan, Frew.