Clark delighted to get "monkey off backs" with Tamworth victory

August 20, 2018

King's Lynn Town are up and running in the Southern League Central Premier Division after finally getting their first league win of the season.
Linnets boss Simon Clark admitted it was “great to get the monkey off our backs” following Saturday's slender 1-0 victory at Tamworth.
Clark said: "I'm really pleased for the players, the supporters and the chairman. Today was about our work rate and desire to effect games and we should have won by more.
"We always knew it was going to be edgy because of the psychological factor. It gives us a platform to build on and it's a monkey off our backs.
"I understand that people have supported the football team all of their lives want and expect success.
"We are not going to win 42 games and there are going to be ups and downs, but it's about everyone sticking together."
Clark also paid tribute to Craig Parker, who was taken off after coming on as a substitute at Kettering in midweek.
"Parks has been fantastic all week and also today," said Clark, who went to meet the attacking midfielder on Friday lunchtime. 
"He showed against Tamworth that he is clever. He understands when to drop in and understands what to do with the ball and he is a very good footballer at this level.
"It was a tough on Tuesday for him but he's totally with the club and totally with the management."
Club captain Michael Clunan scored the only goal of the game in Staffordshire with a rifled shot 15 minutes before the break after a Jordan Richards cross had been touched on by Parker.
Had Lynn had their shooting boots with them, they would have been out of sight in the second half with Ryan Hawkins missing a hat-trick of opportunities and Toby Hilliard, whose overall work rate was first class, missing the target from two yards out.
Meanwhile, Linnets defender Frazer Blake-Tracy was pleased to rediscover that winning feeling.
Blake-Tracy said: "Nothing has changed. The players have been working hard and have stuck to what the Gaffa has said.
"The application of the boys was first class and it feels good to get off the mark. A diamond formation helps us and we feel comfortable playing it.
"We came here to play football but we got a lead and maybe in the end we were desperate to hold onto that. 
"Saying that, we've just mentioned in the changing room that Peds (Alex Street) has hardly had a save to make.
"It's so important that we can take confidence from this, but we are not going to go shouting and screaming about it as it is only three points."



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