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Linnets boss believes shotstopper will only get stronger under guidance of Paul Bastock

Manager Ian Culverhouse has paid tribute to Alex Street after the goalkeeper made his 400th appearance for King’s Lynn Town on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, who has kept 119 clean sheets during his time in a Lynn shirt, is number one on the all-time goalkeeping appearance list at the Walks.

Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse.
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse.

Culverhouse knows all about longevity at a football club after making almost 300 appearances over nine seasons at Norwich City and praised the shotstopper for reaching the milestone.

“What Alex has achieved is unbelievable and he probably hasn’t missed many games in that period either,” said Culverhouse.

“His run of games has been absolutely magnificent and that’s credit to him. He has stood up on many occasions and kept this football club in it and he was outstanding for us again today.

“To play as many games as he has being self-taught really is remarkable. He has learnt the game by playing and that’s testament to him.”

The Linnets’ boss has watched Street grow as a player since he first arrived in the dugout and believes he will only benefit more from the coaching of assistant boss Paul Bastock.

“He’s taken to Baz really, really well,” admitted Culverhouse.

“When I first came here he had no goalkeeping coach, so we’ve had to get coaches in to work with him because it’s a specialist position.

“Peds has done ever so well to manage it himself, but now he’s got someone that’s really going to push him and teach him new ideas and little tricks as well.

“He has really taken to Baz. They’ve got a really good partnership and that will grow and grow. It’s a fantastic combination so they are only going to push each other.”

Despite extending their unbeaten run to 17 matches against Leiston, Culverhouse was disappointed with his side’s showing in the 1-1 draw at The Walks.

“I thought we looked a little lethargic today,” said Culverhouse after the game. “At times, I thought we coasted a little and looked a bit one-paced. We are usually full throttle and that’s the way we like to play but today that didn’t happen.

“The lads know they have underperformed and there is no need for me to go in there and tell them that.

“Having said that, I thought our response at going a goal down was great and we had chances to win the game, but it wasn’t to be.”

Saturday’s game also saw Ryan Hawkins play his 100th game for the club.


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