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King's Lynn need to learn from Chesterfield defeat says assistant boss

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Paul Bastock says King's Lynn Town players need to learn quickly from their defeat against Chesterfield this afternoon.

Kabongo Tshimanga scored both goals, the first from the penalty spot on 15 minutes and then from close-range inside the first minute of the second-half to condemn Lynn to back-to-back home losses.

And although there was no disgrace losing against a side heavily tipped for promotion this season, Lynn's assistant boss feels there are certain aspects of Chesterfield's game that his players can take on board.

King's Lynn Town's management team of Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock look on from the bench. Picture: Tim Smith (50723328)
King's Lynn Town's management team of Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock look on from the bench. Picture: Tim Smith (50723328)

Bastock said: “Two mistakes cost us today. Paul Jones has made one great save but other than that I don’t remember him having too much trouble.

“We look organised but a bit toothless going forward but we only had Gold Omotayo up top. I'm afraid our hands are pretty tied.”

For the third consecutive game, Lynn found themselves a goal down within the first 15 minutes before a clever Chesterfield outfit doubled their advantage shortly after the interval.

“I thought the lads gave a good account of themselves and played some good football, but two mistakes killed us," admitted Bastock.

“You look at them, when we are breaking they are giving petulant fouls away. They are professional fouls, but they are happy to take the yellow card because it stops our momentum and to get back behind the ball.

“We got to learn from teams like this, they are experienced, we are a young group of lads. That’s what they are going to learn every week now, to do things, to go down early, like their players did.

“Football’s changed now, it is not the old fashioned game anymore, it’s people diving all the time, we have just got to learn that.

“We are proud of the way the players tried to play, they dug in. This time last year we would have been talking about a different story.”

After picking up three points from their opening three fixtures, the Linnets travel to Eastleigh on Saturday, hoping to build on their promising performances at the start of the campaign.

“The players are learning, we are full of confidence and have nothing to lose," said Bastock.

"We'll go and give them a good game and hopefully get the same result as we got there last year. We have a very small squad, we need everyone fit and not suspended but we will be alright.

“There were glimpses today of good football, and especially at Yeovil, we moved the ball.

"I would much rather us play like that rather than huffing the ball down the channels and playing off second balls.”

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