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Linnets boss is thriving the tactical battle against other sides

Ian Culverhouse is loving life at King's Lynn Town and is relishing the challenge of testing himself against the best the Southern League Central Premier Division has to offer.

Fifteen games into his second stint in the dugout at The Walks, Culverhouse is thriving on coming up against new teams, players and the tactical battle with his opposite number.

The 54-year-old is adamant the league is no stronger this campaign and feels that his players have earned the respect of the opposition following their exploits on the pitch last year.

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse (5981627)
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse (5981627)

Culverhouse said: "I think we have earned more respect and, because of how we played last season, the expectation level is now a lot higher.

"Teams now come out to spoil us whereas last year many of the sides went toe-to-toe with us and our quality shone through in the end due to the way we played.

"This season the opposition has given us more respect in the way they set up to stop us from playing. They get loads of banks behind the ball and try to stop the little avenues for us to make the passes.

"I'd looked at St Ives a few times and they've played differently every time to how they set up against us on Saturday."

On Tuesday night, Culverhouse will attempt to outwit Royston boss Steve Castle and maintain Lynn's push for promotion.

The game will present the Linnets manager with a new puzzle to solve after they shared the spoils at St Ives at the weekend in a clash between two different footballing identities.

"We have to try to find a way of winning football matches," said the Lynn boss, who is fast establishing himself as the tinkerman with his tactical and formation changes from the dugout during a game.

"I enjoy it more because it gives you the chance to have a little tinker and try something new. With this group of players any information you try to give them and they take it on board.

"They are a pleasure to coach and they are happy to take in new information because they know we are trying to win football matches."

One area where Culverhouse has called for an improvement from his troops is in the final third of the field.

"We didn't have the sharpness around the 18-yard box at St Ives," he said.

"We tried to be too precise with our finishing at times and we need to do a little bit better.

"From box to box we were really good, we just lacked that little bit of quality when we needed it in the final third."


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