Date: 23rd February 2018 at 10:52pm
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The Imps last faced Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 11th November 2017. City won 4-1 that day, after being 1-0 down at half-time.

The Imps last faced Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 11th November 2017. City won 4-1 that day, after being 1-0 down at half-time.

Going into the game 49% of the voters on our poll thought we’d win, 27% thought we’d lose and the remaining 24% thought we’d draw.

Views Before The Game On Our Match Thread

Imprest 1: “Hope we can nick this one, Newport only got a point so three for us would keep us right up there just outside the play-off positions. iFollow is ready and the beers in the fridge.”

Davidimp: “Bold starting 11. Waterfall must be gutted to miss out again.

Big chances for Ginnelly and Whitehouse after playing well Tuesday.”

imps_joe: “Not so keen on Palmer starting, would prefer Rhead. Bar the one good game against Barnet not seen much that impressed me much, but hopefully I’ll be proved wrong.

We all know this is likely to be a close game with few chances. Team who takes that chance to win 1-0, hopefully it’s us.”

The Teams

Crewe Alexandra XI: Richards, Ng, Walker, Raynes, Dagnall, Bowery, Cooper, Ainley, Lowery, Pickering, Grant.

Subs: Garratt, Bakayogo, Porter, Nolan, Kirk, Reilly, Stubbs.

Lincoln City XI: Vickers, Long, Whitehouse, Ginnelly, Palmer, Dickie, Bostwick, Eardley, Raggett, Anderson, Woodyard.

Subs: Farman, Waterfall, Rhead, Green, Knott, Arnold, Stewart.

The Officials

Referee: Craig Hicks.
Assistants Refs: Peter Gooch and Marvyn Amphlett.
Fourth Official: Robert Jones.

Views After The Game On Our Match Thread

JT_LCFC: “Fantastic. Right in the mix after a supposedly sticky patch. One thing we have to remember that some of the games we haven’t played but we kept the points ticking over by not getting beat are crucial after victories like today.

Great to see Harry Anderson back though he’s a real live wire and instrumental in us going forward.”

evenstephen: “I just got back, I’m not sure what DC said at half-time but whatever it was we were totally transformed in the second 45 minutes. Crewe didn’t seem to have an answer and it was great to see. If we could play like that for 90 minutes then the sky would be the limit.”

Gaz_Imp: “About the 7th time I have said it since preseason, but I really like Whitehouse, so glad to see him heavily involved in this win. There is no doubt Knott is better on the ball, but doing nice things a lot of the time not near the goal on the whole has less impact than doing good things in the box a few times a game, and that’s what Whitehouse does – he gets in the box – and just having another body in there means things are more likely to happen, even if Whitehouse doesn’t get the ball himself. His energy also means we are more effective as a pressing side. That’s not to say I don’t rate Knotty, he is class, I just think we’d have to play in a different way to accommodate him starting, might be better off the bench the way we currently play.

And Anderson is just superb, our match winner.

For me these two have to start regularly now, just questions marks over who goes on the left and up top for me. If we can get the best out of Gino regularly he could certainly nail down the left hand spot.”

The Stats

All the stats from Crewe Alexandra (1) vs (4) Lincoln City, Gresty Road, 11/11/17 – 15:00 – Att: 4,723 (990 Lincoln City Supporters)

Vital Lincoln City Members’ Man of The Match

Harry Anderson won our Man of The Match poll for this game, with a total of 13 Votes (92.86%).

The Highlights: