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York City set the benchmark in the National League North, says King's Lynn Town manager

Ian Culverhouse has challenged his players to aspire to the benchmark set by York City after seeing their 12-match unbeaten run come to an end at the weekend.

The Linnets failed to reach the heights of recent weeks as the Minstermen produced a clinical display all over the pitch to run out 3-0 winners.

And Culverhouse wants his side to use their first league loss since the opening day of the season as a learning curve for the remainder of the campaign.

Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (14895244)
Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (14895244)

Culverhouse said: “This is a massive learning curve for us today. This is the standard we’ve got to get to, in the way York have defended.

“In injury time they are throwing their bodies in the way of things and that’s what we’ve got to become.

“We’ve got to make sure that we are disciplined in the way we defend and we need a little bit more quality.

“But I can’t fault the lads for their effort as they’ve been absolutely superb. We’ve come to a full-time outfit, who I’ve already said will win the league, but we’ve put on a good show.

“We need defenders to thrive on keeping clean sheets. I’m not getting carried away because the quality of the opposition has gone up this season, but we’ve got to step up and be better if we want to progress further.

“I think we moved the ball well at times but came up against a really good side that kept their shape, disciplined, got bodies behind the ball really well and were ruthless when their chances came.

“What York showed at times is a desire to get back into shape. If we learn from it we’ll be a better team for it.”

The Lynn chief once again highlighted the big gulf between the two clubs with the home side having a huge playing squad of some 26 professionals.

“It is not a side that is on our level,” said Culverhouse.

“They are a full-time outfit – they had a practice game in the week when they played against a team which is roughly expansive as well.

“That’s what they can do. We train Monday and Thursday nights after work. There is a big difference in it, isn’t there?”

The Linnets still remain third in the league standings despite Saturday’s defeat.

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