Lakeland believes Linnets will get stronger

King’s Lynn Town manager Adam Lakeland feels his side will only get stronger going into tomorrow’s National League North clash at Darlington.

The Linnets boss has already seen enough during his first two weeks in the building to give him the belief that he can turn the struggling club’s fortunes around.

Darlington, who are without a home win so far this league campaign, provided Adam Lakeland with a taste of victory when he took his Curzon Ashton side to Blackwell Meadows for the opening game of the season.

King's Lynn Town manager Adam Lakeland
King’s Lynn Town manager Adam Lakeland

Lakeland takes his side to the North-East tomorrow on the back of a seven-game winless run.

Speaking after the 3-1 defeat to Buxton – his first game in charge – Lakeland said: “You know the lads are hurting and that’s a good thing because they care and they want to get out of the situation that we’re in.

“It was a tough game against a good Buxton team and they obviously got to the play-offs last year and have been together for quite some time.

“They’ve got good depth in their squad and I think you look at probably what options they had to come off the bench and you know they’re just stronger than us at this moment in time.

“It’s mine and Sam’s job and the player’s job to work hard and get ourselves out of the situation that we’re we’re in and and we will do, but it’ll take a little bit of time.

“It was never going to be a case of change the manager and then you know, we’ll get a win today and off we go, football’s never that straightforward.

“We will get better day by day and over time you know. It’s about just taking the positives from the Buxton performance, assess why we conceded those goals get better for next week.

“They’re a good group, want to improve, and want to turn the corner.”

Lakeland is continuing his search for new recruits – but admitted it’s the hardest part of the job.

“I think usually your recruitment as a manager makes or breaks you and I feel in the past it’s been a real strength of mine being able to bring the right characters, personalities and quality into a football club,” he said.

“Obviously it’s going to be it’s going to be hard because we’re 11 games into the season, so anybody who’s decent will be probably contracted elsewhere it might be difficult for me to move some of these lads already here out of the club.

“We’ll probably have to look at the loan market as you can get good loan players out of EFL clubs.

“I don’t think you can be too reliant on young players, we need men.

“We need men who know this league and who can go and perform consistently for us. So it’s probably looking more at National League clubs, League Two clubs and even clubs in our own division.”