King's Lynn given renewed hope going into home Woking clash in the National League
Tommy Widdrington has masterfully given King's Lynn Town fans a glimmer of hope going into their first home game of 2022.
Back-to-back home wins, one of which came against Nantwich in the FA Trophy, and determined away displays against two of the National League's heavyweights, is good measure of Lynn's progress heading into tomorrow's latest league encounter against Woking at The Walks.
If the club's new boss wanted confirmation of his side's recent improvement on the pitch, it came from the opposition camp following last weekend's 1-0 defeat at league leaders Chesterfield.
Widdrington said: "The best compliment we got with all due respect was off Mrs Rowe, James' (manager of Chesterfield) wife.
"I was sitting in the office after the game and she came in with the baby to see her husband and say well done, which is brilliant, and she said: 'I didn't enjoy it one bit'.
I replied: 'Thank you very much, that's a real compliment in a back-handed kind of way'.
"'I expected it to be a lot more comfortable'," she said and that for me was the best compliment we could get."
Like the Linnets, Woking are in their first season as a full time club and have found points hard to come by.
The Cards are currently on a disappointing run which has seen one win in the last six league games and manager Alan Dowson under pressure.
But Widdrington is only focusing on what his side have to offer as they look to make it back-to-back home wins in the National League for the first time this campaign.
"Anyone who has watched us in the four games I've been here, I'd like to think they can see a pattern of what's happening," he said.
"I definitely believe we're a more solid group as a collective because we haven't brought in more solid individuals, they're the same group of players.
"The team looks harder to beat. People will argue that we aren't scoring goals but the team weren't scoring goals before.
"At least we're not shipping a load of goals at this moment in time and it's about getting the blend right.
"People who have been programmed to play in a certain way for a certain period of time take a long time to re-programme.
"I don't want to re-programme the whole lot because a lot of it is good, I said that when I came through the door.
"They are a technically proficient group of players, they just need to be a little more streetwise, a bit more Kyle McFadden-like.
"If we had three or four more individuals in the team we've the mentality he's got, the group would be really strong."
Lynn's boss also took time to pay tribute to the club's supporters as he looks to continue his 100 per cent start on home soil.
"I believe there were just under 100 of them travel on New Year's Day, which is difficult for a fan," he said.
"They are not getting paid to travel, they pay to travel and I'd like them to know that we really appreciate it.
"Even though there were six-and-a-half thousand in the ground, I could hear those 95.
"What they need to do now is bring ten of their mates along with them to The Walks and recreate the same kind of atmosphere."