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Linnets captain Michael Clunan on a mission to deliver promotion

Michael Clunan is a man on a mission in more ways than one as he aims to help deliver the promotion that he and King’s Lynn Town cruelly missed out on a year ago.

The Linnets midfielder is determined to complete the job in a do-or-die Super Play-Off clash at Warrington tomorrow.

Victory over the Evo-Stik Northern play-off champions will see the club promoted to the National League North for the first time since 2008.

Michael Clunan. Picture: TIM SMITH (9942677)
Michael Clunan. Picture: TIM SMITH (9942677)

The Lynn skipper said: “Monday (Alvechurch win) was a great feeling, but we can’t get carried away as we’ve got one more big game to go.

“It is business as usual for the lads, we’ll prepare properly as we know there’s one more hurdle to go.

“It’s going to take everything, our best performance yet to get where we want to be.

“I’d probably go as far to say that Monday was probably one of our best performances of the season and if we want to get promoted it’s going to take another display like that to get us over the line.

“We’ve got another opportunity to get this club, which has so much potential, to where it should be.”

Clunan added: “We know it will be another tough game and perhaps a little bit different style wise to what we’ve been used to.

“We haven’t played Warrington before and we don’t know much about them, but I’m sure the Gaffer will do his homework and we will be ready.”

A foot injury robbed the 25-year-old of any part in the play-offs last season and, after picking up a mystery virus a fortnight ago, he was convinced that he was going to miss out for a second time.

“It was a real low point of my career when I couldn’t play last season and then for us to lose the final was obviously very tough to take,” said Clunan.

“I thought lightning had struck twice when I was in hospital a fortnight ago, but luckily I’m now healthy again and happy to do what I can for the team.

“I had a very bad viral infection and I was in hospital on an antibiotic drip for a couple of days.

“I missed the big league game at Stourbridge, but the lads managed to get the job done.”

The former Norwich City Academy and Boston United player revealed that last week’s farcical fixture episode, where Lynn were suddenly forced to play two games in three days after numerous switches, didn’t affect the team on the pitch.

“Other than dictating when we could train and things like that, it didn’t make a big difference,” said Clunan.

“I think we all agree that it was an absolute disgrace what went on, but it terms of the dressing room it didn’t really have an impact.

“We just wanted to know when the game was so we could do our talking on the pitch and I think that’s we did on Saturday and again on Monday.”

n More Linnets news on pages 4, 76 and 79.


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