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Away at the Imps...Saturday 23.01.21

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« on: January 21, 2021, 00:04:10 am »

I don't hold out much hope of this one going ahead given the weather, but I'll do a preview anyway!!

We travel to Lincoln, who were knocked off their perch atop the League on Tuesday on goal difference by Hull. That said they're sitting pretty with 42 points from 21 games so far under our old friend Mr Appleton.
Its a quick return fixture following their 4-0 win at Sixfields just before Christmas. That result has prompted a five game unbeaten run, four of them wins, and they've scored 16 goals in those 5 games.
Without a league game since 9th January their last game was in fact a 4-0 PJT Trophy victory over Accrington. Lincoln have a small squad and injury issues, so much so they they could only name four subs for that last game, and Robbie Gotts who actually scored in that game was subsequently called back from what was supposed to be a season long loan by Leeds and sent straight out to Salford to gain more playing time, Zac Elbouzedi who also started that game has been loaned out too now, to Bolton Wanderers thereby reducing the Imps squad even further. Maybe a signing or two before Saturday?? Morgan Rogers is the only recent arrival coming in on loan from Manchester City after impressing in a Papa Johns Trophy match for City's Under-21's against Lincoln in December.

Lincoln have lost four league games at home this season. Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Shrewsbury have all left the LNER Stadium with maximum points, however the Imps have won all but one of the other games, only one League draw so far there, last time out against Peterborough.

Jorge Grant now has 11 goals to his name and is top scorer, Antony Scully with 9, Lewis Montsma with 8 and Brennan Johnson with 7 are other goal threats, plus Tom Hopper who has six.

Bucking the trend with City's lack of draws this season, our head to head with them actually has a high proportion of draws, 25 in the league, and we have 15 wins a piece over the years. In the 27 League games at Sincil Bank we have won just three times, there have been 14 draws and ten wins for the home side. Some quirky results over the years, we lost 5-4 there in 1977, got hammered 8-0 in 1980 and lost 4-3 in 1993.

We are without a win in four games against them (3 defeats one draw) however prior to that we did the double over them in 2010/11 season, our last win there was a 2-0 win in November 2010 with goals from Dean Beckwith and a first goal in Cobblers colours for John Johnson.

Anthony Backhouse will be the man who has to decide whether the pitch is playable first, he's reffed 18 games so far this season handing out cards in every one, a total of 64 yellow and two reds. We've not encountered him since the end of the 2018/19 season, when we came from behind to draw 2-2 with Yeovil, the game which saw the Glovers relegated to the National League. His last appointment at Lincoln came in September 2019  and saw the home side trashed 6-0 by Oxford, although he did take charge of their 0-0 draw at Fleetwood earlier this season.
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2021, 00:21:32 am »

Very good intro GPC.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2021, 09:11:07 am »

God, I remember going there for the John Johnson goal, how is that more than a decade ago now! I think like us they'll be desperate to get the game on, having also has two games in a row lost to waterlogging, so let's hope with some better weather before Saturday.
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2021, 11:58:32 am »

The weather forecast forward for Lincoln is dry and windy so there's a decent chance of this being on.

The Imps forum (I was reading it last night) view appears to be that they'll hammer us.

Someone had produced a statistic - they've scored 60 times this season, we've netted 31 times (must include Cup matches).

We could surprise them with the new lads and Sheehan back.

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2021, 12:15:19 pm »

Nice work as ever GPC. Given my unabated admiration of Crappleton I am absolutely desperate for us to win this, and I am hopeful we will 0-1
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2021, 12:44:57 pm »

A small correction to GPC's review. Lincoln do have a home league draw as they drew with Posh 1-1 on 9th January so they have 1 home draw and we have 1 away draw. Could there be another this week as we have a decent record there coming away with at least a point in over half of the fixtures.
Lincoln's away record is considerably better than their home record as 4 of their 5 defeats have come at home.Having won 4 of their first 5 home games they have only won 2 of the last 6 beating Wigan 2-1 and Burton 5-1 as Jimmy watched his new team. In those 6 games they have not kept a clean sheet and have conceded 11 goals. Given their unremarkable home record perhaps we can travel with some hope despite our defeat in the reverse fixture.
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2021, 13:25:53 pm »

3-0 Imps.
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2021, 14:03:57 pm »

Dan, combining the Imps game with a Rabbie Burns dram sinking session?

Lincoln now a brilliant day out for its pubs and climb up Steep Hill, magnificent cathedral...two good days the season back, despite the FAC last minute defeat.
Missing the off the field entertainment perhaps a little more than what is offered on it methinks!
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2021, 15:32:13 pm »

A small correction to GPC's review. Lincoln do have a home league draw as they drew with Posh 1-1 on 9th January so they have 1 home draw and we have 1 away draw. Could there be another this week as we have a decent record there coming away with at least a point in over half of the fixtures.
Lincoln's away record is considerably better than their home record as 4 of their 5 defeats have come at home.Having won 4 of their first 5 home games they have only won 2 of the last 6 beating Wigan 2-1 and Burton 5-1 as Jimmy watched his new team. In those 6 games they have not kept a clean sheet and have conceded 11 goals. Given their unremarkable home record perhaps we can travel with some hope despite our defeat in the reverse fixture.

good spot, original post modified!!  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2021, 19:23:13 pm »

Anyone’s guess who’s starting tomorrow and what formation we will play. Unsure if Jones  and Sheenan are fit but here’s who I think KC will play tomorrow.

                Mitchell

            Jones Bolger Sheenan
Hoskins                                 Mills
     
     McWilliams Watson Sowerby

             Miller  Edmondson

I wonder if KC sees Miller as an out and out forward but Considering Rotherham’s remarks about playing 3-5-2 playing him at wing back seems silly   Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2021, 05:13:31 am »

3-0 loss for us
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2021, 09:07:49 am »

Dan, combining the Imps game with a Rabbie Burns dram sinking session?

Lincoln now a brilliant day out for its pubs and climb up Steep Hill, magnificent cathedral...two good days the season back, despite the FAC last minute defeat.
Missing the off the field entertainment perhaps a little more than what is offered on it methinks!

Think a few Saturday drams are in order. Can't see anything other than a loss but would be delighted with a point today.
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2021, 09:50:41 am »

Please oh Lord please consider SOG’s football fan’s prayer and grant us a point today. Thank you.
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2021, 10:21:48 am »

Anyone’s guess who’s starting tomorrow and what formation we will play. Unsure if Jones  and Sheenan are fit but here’s who I think KC will play tomorrow.

                Mitchell

            Jones Bolger Sheenan
Hoskins                                 Mills
     
     McWilliams Watson Sowerby

             Miller  Edmondson

I wonder if KC sees Miller as an out and out forward but Considering Rotherham’s remarks about playing 3-5-2 playing him at wing back seems silly   Tongue
This is the best team we can put out EXCEPT swop Hoskins for Marshall, granted Marshal isn’t great at defending but is very good going forward, Hoskins just runs around.
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2021, 10:38:20 am »

Shame, I was only saying this morning, that Newark is normally a decent pub stop.  Cool
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« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2021, 12:12:33 pm »

Shame, I was only saying this morning, that Newark is normally a decent pub stop.  Cool
I will miss our dinner time in Newark, always a good stop
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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2021, 13:06:42 pm »

I will miss our dinner time in Newark, always a good stop

Agree, not too far and a decent variety of 'refreshments'.
That's the thing that I'm missing amongst all of this, the social aspect, not necessarily the football.
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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2021, 14:05:12 pm »

This is the best team we can put out EXCEPT swop Hoskins for Marshall, granted Marshal isn’t great at defending but is very good going forward, Hoskins just runs around.

I’d disagree. Luckily KC does as well, Marshall not in the squad.
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2021, 14:06:11 pm »

The three newbies start. Formation seems to be a lucky dip.

What’s up with Sheenan this week?
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2021, 14:08:38 pm »

Team (probably 4-3-3)

Mitchell; Harriman, Jones, Bolger, Mills; McWilliams, Morris, Sowerby; Hoskins, Edmondson, Miller.

Subs: Berry, Horsfall, Watson, Korboa, Ashley-Seal, Rose, Chukwuemeka.
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