King’s Lynn Town manager Gary Setchell is backing his players to turn the tide going into tomorrow’s home Southern League clash against Redditch United.
Setchell was in defiant mood on Tuesday night after seeing his side come from behind to share the derby spoils during a 1-1 draw with Cambridge City.
Lynn’s second point of the campaign left them in the bottom four of the league standings but Setchell, who has become under increasing pressure following Lynn’s poor start to the season, said: “There are no quitters in the dressing room and I’m not a quitter either.
“We will keep going and turn this around, no doubt about it, if we show the same desire as tonight. We’ve got a decent work ethic, we’ve just got to stop gifting the opposition goals.
“Let’s hope we can produce against a very good Redditch side on Saturday. We were in a similar position last season but then we beat Poole at home.
“All it takes is one result to change our season and I really think the Merthyr penalty in the first game of the season really hurt us when it comes to momentum.”
The Lynn chief picked out defender Sam Gaughran and striker Leon Mettam for special praise after his side halted their defensive slide.
Setchell, who was particularly critical of Gaughran after the 4-0 drubbing at Banbury, said: “Sam bounced back tonight.
“I came out and gave him a good roasting after Saturday. We had words but he’s come out against Cambridge and done what he does best and shown massive character.
“We had a chat in the morning and he’s come here tonight and found himself on the bench, but his attitude wasn’t any different and I thought he was outstanding in the second half. They are the type of reactions I want. People talk about dressing rooms and heart but every single player has given me everything they had tonight.
“Yes they make mistakes as Step Three footballers, but they did everything possible to try to win the game.
“There was a lot better reaction than after we went a goal down at St Neots and also at Banbury.
“We are fragile as a group and on tenterhooks. We don’t want to make mistakes, the players want to win for each other and I want to win for the football club, the chairman and the supporters.”
Mettam’s late equaliser saw the frontman finally open his account for the season following his summer switch from Tamworth.
“He will always score goals,” said Setchell.
“Since he’s come into the football club he’s done nothing but graft. That’s the type of lad he is, but he will get goals for this football club.
“I’m pleased for him that he is off the mark and I’d have liked him to get another one.”
Redditch, who are managed by former Walsall, Rotherham and Gillingham striker Darren Byfield, have started the season with two wins and two defeats from their opening four fixtures.
The Reds – one of the favourites for promotion – lost out in the Southern Premier Division play-off semi-final to Leamington last term.