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King's Lynn boss 'proud as punch' of players despite narrow defeat at National League leaders Chesterfield

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King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington said he was 'as proud as punch' of his players following their narrow 1-0 defeat at Chesterfield on Saturday.

Liam Mandeville’s goal six minutes into the second-half handed the league leaders all three points in a scrappy affair at the Technique Stadium.

"We were in a two-horse race and I know we were 9-1 to win it, but I was happy with our application and that's two sides at the top of the table who we have gone toe-to-toe with in the last few weeks," he said.

King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington. (53820522)
King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington. (53820522)

"I can't take anything over than positive feelings and positive thoughts from how we've performed.

"We were a little bit patched up and had cobbled a team together and we've lost to a slightly deflected shot, so I was as proud as punch of the players at the end of the game.

"It's no disgrace coming to a huge club like Chesterfield and losing 1-0. Obviously I don't like losing games of football and it's hard to be jubilant, but it's about how you lose and who you're playing that matters to me."

The Linnets boss handed debuts to Theo Widdrington and Olly Scott in Derbyshire and hopes to bring in further reinforcements in the coming days.

"Every rock I'm turning, I haven't seen anything too ugly under it yet," he said.

"It's not because the lads I've currently got are not good enough. None of them have done anything that makes me think I couldn’t use him or I don’t like him, so I haven’t got any issues with the group.

"We need another couple of new faces, not players who are going to affect the group of 16 but ones who are going to come in and improve the team.

"I am going to a game on Sunday to have a chat with the director of that football club because I have made my interest known about a player that I am going to go and watch and hopefully I can do something afterwards.

"The last two years have been the weirdest period in football we have seen with the pandemic.

"They've got to be the right players and it's not a case of just going out and signing them. It's also about persuading them to relocate in the weird world we are currently living in."

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