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Ilkeston Town 0 King's Lynn 0
21st November 1998
LINNETS manager Gary Mills believes his side are starting to put their poor early-season form behind them after earning a point at Ilkeston.
"When you look at the last three fixtures away, we've conceded only one goal and that was my priority when I came here to tighten things up.
"The defence is always the first place to start. There's no point scoring three in a game and conceding four.
I know we are always capable of scoring when going forward."
Mills was understandably delighted with his side's latest display despite a section of home fans labelling the Linnets as boring during the afternoon.
"You are never going to come to a place like Ilkeston and play entertaining football.
If we had, then we would have been going home with our heads between our legs.
'They are the type of side that keeps pumping the ball at you the whole time but we never lost our shape, played for the whole 90 minutes and had a bit more zip about us once again.
"The commitment and passion shown by everyone was fantastic."
Richard Follett - an on-loan signing from Premiership club Nottingham Forest gave a faultless display in place of the injured manager at right back and Craig Clarke was also outstanding at the heart of the defence after coming in for the suspended Dave Robinson. "Richard looked, quality. His distribution was superb and you could see that he is training with a Premiership club every day."
There were also encouraging displays from Glen Fuff and Dave Puttnam as Lynn frustrated the home side for most of the 90 minutes.
Once again the Linnets could have gone home with all three points.
Striker Lee Wilson was the worst offender when he hit the post two yards out from Micky Nuttell's cross in the 25th minute.
"I can't cope with misses like that," said Mills, after seeing Wilson miss the guilt-edged opportunity. 'We should have been coming away to winners. Lee is gutted but he didn't do it on purpose."
Substitute Worrell Sterling had Lynn's best chance when he drove a shot wide of the Ilkeston goal eight minutes from time following Nuttell's flick-on.
Despite a lot of possession Ilkeston rarely looked like breaking down a stubborn Lynn rearguard.
Craig Ludlam, Simon Weaver (twice) and Dale Wright all missed half chances for the in-form home side who sit second in the table - and the Robins also had two penalty appeals waved away by Hinckley referee Mr P. B. Wing. Lynn: Martini, Follet, McGinty, Clark, Fuff, Spearing, Hoyle, Ramsey (Gibson 77), Nuttell, Wilson (Sterling 77), Puttnam. Subs (not used): Cotterell.
Ilkeston: Marples, Ludlum, Fairclough (Eshelby 45), Middleton, Weaver, Knapper (Wright 30), Simpson (Clifford 58), Ball, Helliwell, Thompson, Bishop.
Shots on
Shots off
Free kicks
Ilkeston168721 Bishop (47)
Report by permission of the Lynn News