Linnets must toughen up the back line, says Street

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Goalkeeper Alex Street says King’s Lynn Town need to toughen up at the back as they prepare for their Boxing Day trip to Barwell.

Lynn’s Evo-Stik League Northern Premier game at Barwell is followed by a much-anticipated home clash against FC United of Manchester on Sunday (December 28) as The Walks outfit begin a busy festive period.

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The Linnets have leaked eight goals in their last three games on their travels and have failed to keep a clean sheet in the league since the end of October.

All of their four shut-outs this season have come at home and Street admits Lynn need to rediscover their mean touch on the road.

Street said: “These next four or five games are massive for us. We need the points, so it’s important we toughen up as a unit at the back.

“Results-wise, we’ve been looking after ourselves at home, but away it has been a different story.

“We’ve been conceding silly goals and dropping silly points against teams we should be doing better against.

“Collectively as a team we should be doing better defensively. I think we have kept something like two clean sheets in our last 40 games away from home and that needs to be better.

“Ultimately, it’s your away form which wins you titles. You only have to look back at the season we won the league and how many clean sheets we kept.

“We don’t pick and point at people if we make a mistake at the back, we’re in it together.”

Street (23) is relatively happy with his own form as Lynn – just two points off sixth spot – look to reignite their play-off hopes in the next few weeks.

“I feel a lot more confident this year and last season was a big learning curve for me at this level,” admitted Street.

“Although we’ve conceded far too many goals away from home, I feel I’ve grown into this standard.”

Barwell are perhaps one of the most unpredictable teams in the Evo-Stik League this season.

Having ended last term in 14th spot, they started the 2014-15 campaign with just two draws coming from their opening five games.

However a run which saw them reap 23 points out of a possible 30 propelled them up the league and to the November “Club of the Month” award.

But since gaining the award, the Canaries have suffered a run of three defeats in December.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell, who was due to have his players in for a training session last night, said: “We’ve got two very tough games coming up over the Christmas period and the one at Barwell won’t be for the faint-hearted.

“Hopefully we can get some kind of result on Boxing Day because we can’t keep putting this sort of pressure on our home form as it is killing us, it really is.

“I’m proud of how my players stuck together against Ramsbottom on Saturday (see page 61 for report) in what was very difficult circumstances.”

Sunday’s huge home clash against FC United of Manchester needs little introduction and is likely to provide Lynn with their biggest home gate of the season.

The visitors could bring anything up to 800 fans and Setchell said: “FC United is the showcase game which everyone looks forward to.

“It’s on the Sunday, which couldn’t be a better day for it, and hopefully we will get a really massive crowd here.

“If we are realistic about being in and around the top-five at the business end of the season we need ten points minimum from the five games over Christmas.

“Seven or eight isn’t going to get us to where we need to be, it needs to be ten points-plus.”