Date: 19th March 2018 at 4:55pm
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Before the game against Grimsby Town we asked our members “What 3 Things do we need to do to beat Grimsby Town?”

After the game, we asked our members “What 3 Things did we learn from the 3-1 win against Grimsby Town?”

1. Lee Frecklington is a special player. Despite his wife being ill in hospital for the last two weeks and undergoing an operation on Friday, he put in a committed performance and set the Imps on their way with a typical Frecklington goal. Although not hitting the heights yet because of injury and fitness issues, he has already scored three important goals and the winning penalty to take us to Wembley.

2. Elliott Whitehouse is underrated. Seemingly more at home in a 4-3-3 than a 4-4-2, Whitehouse appears to have stepped up to League Two standard with few problems – when he can get a game, that is.

3. Grimsby are in serious trouble less than two years after promotion. It is not solely about confidence – they have a poor set of players, an unbalanced team, square pegs in round holes and some very questionable attitudes. They needed an experienced manager – Martin Allen for example – to drag them out of danger. Appointing a rookie to the most important role at the club at such a fraught time represents an incredible risk and could spell disaster for them. The statement made by Grimsby’s board when announcing Jolley’s appointment should have rung some alarm bells:

“Michael’s exceptional prior academic and business background – firstly, at Cambridge University and latterly as an investment banker with HSBC – also means he is experienced, hard headed and extremely articulate in communicating simple solutions to complex problems in a concise way.”

Just what is needed to save a football club from relegation, then…thank God for that investment banking experience!

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Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City FC for the photograph.