King's Lynn Town quality was evident, says two-goal hero Chris Henderson
Chris Henderson felt the quality of the King's Lynn Town squad was evident as the Linnets made it seven games unbeaten by beating Darlington at the Walks on Saturday.
Two-goal hero Henderson was on target twice after the interval after stepping into the void left by Adam Marriott who was ruled before the game with an ankle injury.
And Henderson felt Lynn were fully deserving on their 2-0 victory as they maintained their sensational start to the new season.
Henderson said: "I can see why Maz gets so many goals playing alongside Gashy (Michael Gash).
"The front two have got so many headlines this season, and quite rightly so, but we've shown today that we're still dangerous if anyone else has to step up.
"We've got quality throughout this squad and I don't think one injury defines this team.
"It was difficult without Maz today and Gashy got a little bit isolated so we changed it halfway through the first half and tried to make more runs from in behind.
"Maz is always going to be a loss and if he is fit then he quite rightly comes straight back in."
Saturday's latest win kept Lynn's 100 per cent home record intact and provided Lynn with their first clean sheet of the campaign, but Henderson admitted that Lynn were far from at their best in the first 45 minutes.
"The gaffer came in at the break and said that he'd rather us lose the game playing how we normally do.
"We weren't really at it in the first half and the consensus at the break was to keep a clean sheet and get that monkey off our backs.
"It was also to turn a slightly disappointing first half performance into the a good one in the second half and once we scored we were able to kick on."
Ian Culverhouse's side created very little in the way of clear-cut opportunities in a scrappy first half display.
Darlington centre-backs Josh Heaton and Laing both came close to scoring with headers at first-half corners, while Will Hatfield saw a volley saved.
After the break it was a different story as the Linnets took full control of the game.
Henderson gave Lynn the lead after 51 minutes, making the most of hesitation in the visiting defence when latching on to a through-ball from Alfie Payne and executing a cool finish from inside the penalty area.
It was 2-0 just before the hour-mark and again it was Henderson who caught the Quakers flat-footed before dribbling away from the defence and passing the ball into the bottom corner after being played in by Michael Gash.
Having been announced as man-of-the-match just seconds earlier, Henderson had a great chance to complete the formalities by scoring a third when he tried to chip visiting goalkeeper Chris Elliott.
Henderson said: "I have heard that and then I have gone through and I thought, 'this is the headline', you know what I mean, and I don't know what it was.
"I probably had too much time on that one. I don't know what I was thinking - I will have to watch that back, but I am not looking forward to it."
King's Lynn Town: Street, Jones, Fryatt, McAuley, Fox, Jarvis, Clunan (Carey 83), Kelly (Barrows 77), Payne (Richards 67), Henderson, Gash. Subs not used: Stewart, Bastock.
Goals: Henderson 51, 59
Darlington: Elliott, Atkinson (Donawa 64), Watson, Bascome (Wheatley 71), Laing, Heaton, Rivers, Hatfield, Campbell, Thompson, O'Neill. Subs not used: Holness, Bell, Galbraith.
Ref: C. Walchester.
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