King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell has told his under-performing players to forget about a top-five finish and return to basics.
Setchell’s strong outburst came after Lynn’s humiliating home defeat – their first league loss of 2015 – at the hands of leaders Skelmersdale at the weekend.
The Linnets crashed to a 3-0 loss when they ended their home January fixtures at the Walks Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and went down with any resemblance of a fight during their fifth home Evo-Stik League reverse of the campaign.
A furious Setchell said: “I’ve told them a few home truths after today. One or two of them have got to get fitter for starters as you can’t play when you are not fit.
“One or two of them have got to get a bit braver, one or two of them have got to improve on their game management and seven or eight of them need to show a little bit more desire when the going gets tough.
“Our results recently will tell you that we are not as good as what we actually think we are.
“We’ve got to do some soul-searching and put some hard yards back in on the training ground.
“We’ve got to stop talking about the top-five, get back to basics and start picking some results up.
“I know people like George (Thomson) and Steve (Spriggs) aren’t going to go flying into tackles, but I still expect them to give me more off the ball.
“I had eight players not put in a shift against Skelmersdale and that simply isn’t good enough.”
Lynn, with only one win on their travels this season, now face two tough away tests before their next match at The Walks on February 7.
The Walks outfit travel to Grantham next weekend and Setchell said: “Our away form has been dire and we’ve got two away games now.
“We’ve got to pick up some points up on the road before we come back here and we owe ourselves a performance.”
Saturday’s loss leaves the Linnets, who do have games in hand on some of the teams above them, ten points off the play-off places.
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