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Diss Town boss looking for a response after suffering first defeat of the season

Manager Michael King is looking for a reaction from his Diss Town players when they travel to Whittlesey Athletic tomorrow (3pm).

The Tangerines started the new Thurlow Nunn League First Division North campaign in blistering form, scoring 10 goals in their opening two wins.

However, they were halted on Tuesday evening, losing 2-1 at home to UEA.

Diss Town travel to face Whittlesey Athletic tomorrow. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss Town travel to face Whittlesey Athletic tomorrow. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Next up is a Whittlesey side that has three points from a possible six so far this term – and King believes it will be a test of his side’s character.

“We’ll find out what we are about in this one,” he said. “Maybe the defeat the other night will end up not being a bad thing.

“Did we deserve something from the UEA game? I think so, but maybe we didn’t do enough in the second half to suggest we should have won it.

“But Saturday will show whether it’s just a little bump in the road or not. It’s all about the response we produce after losing.

“We don’t know too much about them, but that’s the challenge we need to deal with.”

One major plus for King has been the form of summer signing Ryan Gibbs.

The striker has scored six goals – four more than any other player in the division – from just three outings.

“He’s been everything we expected, and in truth, probably a bit more because he’s scored so many,” added the boss.

“He’s been a class act since coming in and you always feel that something is going to happen when he’s on the pitch.”

Nevertheless, King is also keen that his side does not become too reliant on the ex-Cambridge City, Needham Market and Bury Town player.

“At times on Tuesday I felt we were looking to him a little too much to help us out,” said King.

“He can obviously do it with the quality he has, but other players will need to step up over the course of the season.”

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