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King's Lynn boss not expecting Chesterfield to be focusing on plum Chelsea tie in FA Cup



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King's Lynn Town manager Tommy Widdrington doesn't expect Saturday's opponents Chesterfield to have one eye on Premier League giants Chelsea when the two sides meet at the Technique Stadium at the weekend.

The Spireites, who top the National League table on goal difference, travel to Stamford Bridge on January 8 in the third round of the FA Cup but host the Linnets first with both sides needing the points for completely different reasons.

Lynn boss Widdrington said: "People might think that Chesterfield will be thinking about the cup game but I don't want to cast aspersions on James Rowe and his team as he is doing fantastically well there and has got a great squad.

Hugo Langton and Tommy Widdrington discuss the pitch conditions at The Walks on Boxing Day. Picture: Tim Smith. (54000939)
Hugo Langton and Tommy Widdrington discuss the pitch conditions at The Walks on Boxing Day. Picture: Tim Smith. (54000939)

"I think they'll be professional enough to have an eye on the prize with the league game and they won't be looking any further forward than us on Saturday.

"They will be favourites on the day because of where they are in the league compared to where we are standing in the table.

"But if they do have an eye on Chelsea, we'll make sure that they quickly bring it back to us."

With Lynn's festive programme being decimated to a combination of the weather and Covid in the last week, the fixtures are likely to come thick-and-fast over the next month.

And that's the very reason why the Lynn boss kept his starting XI for the Notts County under wraps on Boxing Day before the game fell foul of the elements an hour before kick-off.

"I'd have had more faces to pick from, therefore I would have had more faces to disappoint today," he revealed after the late postponement.

"But if the players are professional enough to accept it, they know that they were possibly going to play or possibly going to be involved.

"What they need to remember is that we are going to need everybody in the dressing room and a few more I think as we're going to have a period where we are going to be playing Saturday/Tuesday, Saturday/Tuesday for the next few weeks.

"They should be chomping at the bit to be involved for Saturday as it will be nearly two weeks since they last played."

Widdrington hasn't ruled out bringing in further reinforcements in the next fortnight after signing his son Theo and defender Olly Scott in the last week.

“If I haven’t been looking since I came in I wouldn’t have been doing my job,” he said.

“Everybody thinks recruitment is about when the window opens you just go and pick the player that you like – there is a lot more to it than that and I have lots of irons in lots of fires and I am sure one or two will come out red hot.”



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