King's Lynn Town boss takes heart from first games in charge
Two games as King's Lynn Town boss have given Tommy Widdrington a win and a defeat but he believes there have been positive signs in both games.
The Linnets held out for more than an hour against The Saymen on Tuesday before slipping to a 2-0 defeat on their travels.
But Widdrington, who has only been in the hot seat less than a week, was again delighted with the way his side applied themselves, saying: "I thought we put on a better performance against much stronger opposition.
"Halifax are a very good side and it was another example of the levels of what we are up against because anyone who finishes above Halifax are likely to win the league.
"We went toe-to-toe with them at times and I was delighted with a lot of aspects of our play.
"Halifax had some longer spells of semi-dominance, which we expected, but we created some great opportunities ourselves.
"I've had two games in charge and I've been delighted with one of the results and delighted with one of our performances so we are going in the right direction.
"That was our second game of the season. We've won one and we've lost one, so if we do that over the next 26 games then we'll win 13 more games.
"You have to remember we're not trying to win the league, our aim is to finish fourth-from-bottom of that table.
"The players have taken everything on board that Hugo (Langton) and myself have told them. On a football pitch the players have to take ownership of themselves, the person next to them and the team as a unit."
It doesn't get any easier for Lynn's boss as the fixtures come thick and fast over the Festive period.
After Saturday's FA Trophy tie against Nantwich at The Walks, for which Widdrington hopes to have Kyle Callan-McFadden and Arthur Iontton back in contention following injury, the Linnets take on three more of the big guns Notts County (home), Grimsby (away) and Chesterfield (away).
"They are the types of games you either fear of relish," said Widdrington.
"But as far as I'm concerned you never run away from your fears, you run towards them and that's what we'll be doing."
As far as Lynn's boss is concerned a prolonged run in the FA Trophy would be a welcome distraction for the club.
"It's a real opportunity for the club to get to Wembley and we want to go as far as we can in it," he said.
"Any cup run can also reignite the interest with the fans. The more games you win, the more fans will flock through the gates and that's what we want.
"We want them here. It's their football club and we want them supporting it."