Linnets need to ‘come back stronger’ for Guiseley home game
King’s Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse said his side needs to “come back stronger” for tomorrow’s National League North home game with Guiseley after Tuesday night’s shock single-goal loss to basement side Bradford Park Avenue.
The Linnets manager also issued a rallying cry for the immediate return to The Walks, which witnessed booing at the Bradford game in midweek, against Saturday’s tenth-spot visitors.
Culverhouse said about the title prospects of his troops, who remain two points behind leaders York City but with three games in hand: “I’m not worried about buffers or anything like that.
“It’s just if we carry on putting in performances like that, we won’t do it.
“We have got to lift it, obviously the players go back to work and they have got to recover properly, then we turn up on Saturday and give it a really good go. We need everyone behind us, everyone from the stands to the fans all over the place, we need everyone pulling in the same direction. Like I said, while we are in the position, we will give it a good go. Tonight we never [did] so we have got to lick our lips and come back stronger Saturday.”
He added of the 1-0 Bradford loss: “From start to finish, I thought we were poor. Full credit to Bradford, I thought they were superb and you could see the willingness and throwing bodies in. They came and did a job on us.
“It’s very rarely that they [Lynn] put in a performance like that.
“It’s the first time they’ve done that since I’ve been here. You are looking for a bit of momentum and we conceded a really poor goal, no communication and they got through on that. I can’t really remember us having a shot on target or testing the keeper so a really poor night for us.”
The boss added that the dressing room was very quiet after the game, and he described some of the players as “leggy”, especially in the final third.
On falling to successive home defeats, he continued: “We have got no right to win any game. People still get carried away. I heard some booing at half-time.
“Don’t come and boo, we are going to lose games so if you are going to come and boo, don’t come.
“Get behind the boys. Tonight they needed the crowd behind them to give them a lift. They did not do that. I’m not blaming the crowd for us losing, I’m blaming the players for us losing.
“We are all in it together but if we are going to have success together and ride the wave like we have so far, we need help now and again, and we have got to make this place a fortress.
“We have done previously and we have got to hopefully try and do it again.”
Ahead of Tuesday evening’s fixture with Bradford Park Avenue the club was contacted by a supporter who has agreed to pay the balance of money required for the club to proceed and purchase the pitch cover that it has been collecting for since the turn of the year.
Speaking after meeting with the supporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, club chairman Stephen Cleeve said: “I cannot thank this person enough for the fantastic gesture that has been made to the club.
“Nowadays it is so very rare to witness these kind of actions and I and indeed the club will be eternally grateful to the person concerned for their kindness shown towards our club – thank you so very much.”