King's Lynn Town coach has dig at Chesterfield over behaviour as Spireites win in Norfolk

King’s Lynn Town assistant manager Paul Bastock criticised Chesterfield’s ‘petulant fouls’ and for going ‘down early’ during their 2-0 win in Norfolk.

Tuesday, 31st August 2021, 2:46 pm

Kabongo Tshimanga scored a first-half penalty after Liam Mandeville was brought down in the area and then the striker added his second of the afternoon from close-range less than 60 seconds after the break.

Speaking to local newspaper Lynn News after the game, Bastock claimed that Spireites players had gone ‘down early’ too easily to win fouls during the match.

“Two mistakes cost us against a very good, well organised Chesterfield team,” he said.

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Tensions boiled towards the end of the game.

“Paul Jones has made one great save but other than that I don’t remember him having too much trouble.

“We look organised but a bit toothless going forward but we only had one striker available today.

“You look at them (Chesterfield), when we are breaking they are giving petulant fouls away. They are professional fouls, but they are happy to take the yellow card because it stops our momentum and to get back behind the ball.

“We have got to learn from teams like this, they are experienced, we are a young group of lads. That’s what they are going to learn every week now, to do things, to go down early, like their players did.

"Football’s changed now, it is not the old fashioned game anymore, it’s people diving all the time, we have just got to learn that."

He added: “There were glimpses today of good football, and especially at Yeovil, we moved the ball.

"I would much rather us play like that rather than huffing the ball down the channels and playing off second balls.”