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'Port Vale win sets the standard we need to maintain', says King's Lynn Town boss

King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse has challenged his players to hit the heights of their cup exploits when they return to National League action tomorrow.

The Linnets travel to Sutton United for the first of three league fixtures before their glamour FA Cup trip to Portsmouth at the end of the month.

And Culverhouse says his players are fully focused on the trip to Gander Green Lane and will need to produce the sort of performance they did in their win over Port Vale last weekend consistently to stay in the division.

Paul Bastock and Ian Culverhouse consider their tactics (43039977)
Paul Bastock and Ian Culverhouse consider their tactics (43039977)

He said: “There was a little bit of a buzz (after the draw) but all our thoughts are on Sutton.

“We know it’s going to be a hell of a game away to them and we’ve got to produce the standards. The effort and the levels we got to against Port Vale, we’ve got to reproduce.

“I think, going to Portsmouth, the game will take care of itself, because of where we are and the glamour of it. It’s the games in between we’ve really got to raise ourselves and get amongst it.

“The levels we reached on Saturday, we have to reach them every game now.”

Lynn will head into the match full of confidence after the win at Vale Park and coming from behind to beat Woking in their last league encounter.

And Culverhouse believes the latter result, which saw the Linnets keep their first clean sheet of the season, showed his players have learned lessons from their recent heavy defeats to Solihull Moors and Boreham Wood.

“When you look at it, from two weeks previous, we were in a bad place so that’s how quick it can change.

“The games come thick and fast so we’ve got to be ready for every game and I’m sure this group of players will be up for it.

Sutton go into the game lying fifth in the National League table, having lost just one of their opening five matches.

They haven’t played since a 2-1 win at Yeovil Town on October 27 and Culverhouse believes that, plus the home side’s familiarity with their 3G pitch, makes his team’s task all the more difficult.

He said: “They’re going to be fresh. They train on their pitch daily so it’s a real tough ask and they’ve started the campaign really well.

“I’ve watched a couple of their games. They’re a really good side and they play a certain style that we’ll have to combat. It’ll be a good test.”

The Linnets slipped to 18th in the standings without kicking a ball themselves in midweek, following Dagenham and Redbridge’s 1-0 win at Boreham Wood.

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