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Linnets boss on pursuit of new players: “We can’t wait until the summer because we might not be in this league.”

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Adam Lakeland says King’s Lynn Town need more new faces if they are to avoid relegation from the National League North – but knows that time is against him.The Linnets were taught a National League North lesson by a Curzon Ashton side that Lakeland built on Tuesday night as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat at the Walks.They are without a win in six and are two points adrift in the bottom four having played more games than the teams above them.Lynn have to arrest their slump in form – starting at home to Chester on Saturday – if they are to avoid slipping into even deeper trouble.Lakeland said: “We’re working around the clock looking for players who can come in and help us get better but it is the hardest thing to do.“Even the top, top clubs wait for the transfer windows to open. They don’t build the teams in January, they wait till the summer.”Our problem at the moment is we can’t wait until the summer because we might not be in this league, so we’ve got to keep working.”We have to get more bodies in. We’re crying out for more experience but they’re the hardest ones to get, particularly when you’re in a full-time training model because they’ll be earning decent money elsewhere part-time and they’ve probably got careers as well.”That’s why it’s incredibly difficult to get players that and, I think if you look at them (Curzon) today, the midfield players they had, the experienced wing backs and the best number nine probably outside the Football League for me.“Those types of players are really difficult to get.”After missing out on striker Connor Hall over the festive period, Lynn’s boss revealed that he was recently gazumped in his quest to bring in a frontman from a National League South side.”I know I’ve said this before but I’m out watching games as often as I can. We’ve identified some really good players and talked to some really good players who would have come here and done really well for us but we haven’t managed to get them.”Part of that was because of the uncertainty about the club off the pitch an”There was a player that we wanted from the National League South but he’s now gone into the National League with Gateshead.”Lynn’s under-pressure boss again vented his frustrations about the club’s summer recruitment and the condition of some of the players he inherited.“People have no idea how difficult it is coming into a team where the recruitment hasn’t been right,” he said.“There’s not enough leaders, not enough characters in that group and it is difficult when you are towards the bottom and you’re trying to get a team fit whilst competing for points.”We’re in a miles better position now, albeit tonight’s result is really difficult for us and I accept that. I still think we’re in a much better position than we were when I came through the door.”I have every confidence in myself naturally and will just keep doing what I’m doing, I will work hard to try to find solutions.”That’s all you can do until I’m until I’m asked to do otherwise and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”I know results haven’t been great but I’d like to think in every game you’ve seen the lads running their socks off for me and giving everything that they’ve got.”That suggests that the lads are still on board with what I’m asking them to do and we’re trying to find different ways to get points.”Lakeland felt Lynn started well against his former club in midweek – but once they scored the confidence just drained out of his players.”I genuinely felt the way that we started the game tonight (Tuesday) it was the right way for us to go against the team that I know very, very well,” he said.”We created a great chance and they got a bit of a foothold and scored a goal.”It was almost like somebody pulled the plug out the bath and all the confidence we tried to build since the weekend went away from the players, that’s natural for any team that’s struggling.”We can’t feel sorry for ourselves and, of course, I’ll be doing my utmost to pick the lads up.”But those lads also have to find a way to pick themselves up. You can’t feel sorry for yourself in this game and it’s a good thing for us that we’ve got a game around the corner.”It’s going to be another tough game and we’ve got to be ready to go.”Lynn’s boss also admitted Ben Stephens’ three-game suspension has affected the team in the past couple of games.”We’ve probably got our most creative player suspended in Ben Stevens and he’s a massive miss.”He’d be a massive miss for any team so we got him to come back in after the Chester game.”We’ve got to find a way that works and we’ve got to find a way that works quickly.”



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