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King's Lynn Town boss would have liked a quick return to National League North action after Kidderminster Harriers defeat




Ian Culverhouse is disappointed that his table-topping players don’t have a quick opportunity to right the wrongs of Saturday.

The King’s Lynn Town boss would have liked a midweek game after seeing Kidderminster Harriers turn the form book upside-down to beat his side at The Walks.

It was the Linnets’ first defeat on home soil for 17 months and 34 games and they are without a fixture at the weekend because of Leamington’s FA Trophy involvement.

Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock watch their side suffer their first home defeat of the season against Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday. Picture: Tim Smith. (28218446)
Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock watch their side suffer their first home defeat of the season against Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday. Picture: Tim Smith. (28218446)

Their next game is at Gloucester on Monday night and Culverhouse said: “We would have liked a game in midweek because it’s about responding quickly.

“We could have put this one to bed quickly, but we’ve got to digest this one for a little bit and it’s not a nice feeling.

“It is gone,” he said. “If you win a game it is gone. All we can do is look forward to the next one and that is what we will do. We have 15 games to play and each one is a big game for us.

“It is a quiet dressing room. They don’t need me standing in front of them hollering at them. They have been fantastic – we just lost a game of football in how many?

“But now the character has got to show and the character in that dressing room is big, and we will respond.”

Saturday was only Lynn’s third league defeat of the campaign and, although York City reduced the gap at the top to just a point by beating Chester, Culverhouse admitted he doesn’t care about other teams around his side in the table.

“I don’t care about York, I really don’t,” said Culverhouse.

“I don’t care about anyone in the league. I care about us. The next challenge for us is can we go to Gloucester and put in a performance?

“I don’t worry about what other teams do, let them worry about us. I have seen a lot of quotes about how we have a hard run-in and things like that – but everyone has got a hard run-in.

“They are more worried about us than we are worried about them.”

Meanwhile, defender Ross Barrows, who signed a contract extension last week, is edging closer to a return from injury.

Barrows suffered a shoulder injury during the game against York last and has missed Lynn's last two outings.

"He did a little bit in the warm-up today and he has had no reaction to it, but we are hopeful he might do something this week," said the Lynn boss.

"He would be great to get back in and that is another body to bolster the squad."

Long-term absentees Ryan Fryatt and Michael Clunan could also be back in action within two months.

Fryatt hasn't featured since the FA Cup win over Alfreton in September while fractured right fibia in the FA Trophy win over Dover Athletic before Christmas.

"He (Fryatt) is hoping it will be six weeks, the same with Michael - so six weeks for both so you never know," Culverhouse said.


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