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Linnets boss eyes a unique treble against Scunthorpe

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King’s Lynn Town boss Adam Lakeland has had the Midas touch when it comes to facing Scunthorpe United this season.The Linnets boss has already overseen two victories against the Iron this term and will be hoping to make it three when he takes his in-form side to Lincolnshire on Good Friday.Lakeland was in the dugout when his Curzon Ashton side defeated Jimmy Dean’s team 1-0 last August before seeing Lynn defy the National League North odds with a 3-1 victory at the Walks three months later.The Lynn chief believes the league title is already in Tamworth’s hands, but that doesn’t make his side’s task any easier as he looks to topple the Iron for a third time this campaign.Speaking after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the Lambs, Lakeland said: “We’ve been tested against the best in the league today because they’re gonna win the league by a handful of points. “Scunthorpe is going to be a completely different challenge because we’re away from home, they’re a big club with a big fan base, a massive budget and a big squad.”They play a completely different brand and style of football to what Tamworth do and we’ve got to prepare and be ready for it, which we will do. “We’ve got to have the belief and a mentality that we can go toe-to-toe with any team in the division.”Because we’ve won the real pressure games against the clubs in and around us in the last two or three weeks it enabled us to come into this game today with maybe a little bit less pressure on us. “But we want that pressure and expectation of trying to get points regularly and I think I said in my programme notes that today was a real opportunity for us today to show how far we’ve come since mid-November.”We were well beaten by Tamworth in November. The team is like night and day to where we are now from where we were then and that’s just in a short space of time. “We’ve come a long way but there’s still a long way to go.”The Linnets make the trip with a 10-game unbeaten run under their belts, but Lakeland insists all the pressure will be on their hosts in front of an expectant home crowd. “It’s another game where they’re going to be under pressure because they still have a little glimmer that they can maybe catch Tamworth, which I don’t think they will,” he said.”They’ve got Chorley breathing down the necks for second and for that play-off home advantage, which at their place will be packed out, so that’s where they’ll be looking to get to. “There’s pressure on them but a club the size of Scunthorpe in this league there will be pressure on them in every game. “But for us, we can go and enjoy it. We’ve beaten them once before, I beat them when I was at Curzon as well.”Some teams you can just have a little bit of extra luck against and hopefully we can get a little bit more next week.”We can go and enjoy the game, but we’ve got to go there believing that we can get another result.”Lakeland also played down the gulf in budgets between the two clubs, despite Scunthorpe having a pot of gold to play with.”I think at the end of the day budgets can help you but it can also not help you because as with any manager with whatever budget you have, it boils down to your recruitment,” he said.”You’re only as good as the players that you put on the pitch week to week. It’s irrelevant really, but the lads, how can they not be up for it?”We’re away at the biggest club in the division by a distance, there will be big a good crowd even though it’s Easter weekend.”We’ve got 50 points with six games to go so we’re close to where we probably need to be, although we’re not there yet.”The players can just go and enjoy it and make kind of good account of ourselves and try and cause an upset if we can.”



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