Before the game against Carlisle United we asked our members “What 3 Things do we need to do to beat Carlisle United?”
1. That 4-3-3 appears to be working despite some of our better players being relegated to the bench. Anderson has been used as a late impact substitute, which seems a bit of a waste; Frecklington has been first choice despite some ordinary performances, and Whitehouse has been given an extended run in the side for the first time. But as it seems to be working, I suspect it may be the formation of choice for the rest of the season.
2. That two successive defeats can be a good thing. On two occasions last season, City lost two in a row and then embarked on lengthy unbeaten runs. They have now done the same thing three times this season (Mansfield and Notts County followed by one defeat in eight; Coventry and Colchester followed by one defeat in thirteen; and now Crawley and Crewe followed by no defeat in six and running). The reason why was evident during today’s game at Carlisle – they have a collective will to succeed that almost transcends their ability as players.
3. That not only was this a regular six-pointer, it effectively eliminated a rival from the promotion race. Colchester have kept themselves on the outer fringes with another win, but Carlisle’s race must surely be run with a five-point gap, an inferior goal difference and only 5 games remaining.
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City FC for the photograph.
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) April 3, 2018