Danny Cowley took stock of the Imp’s progress ahead of the Forest Green Rovers match on Saturday.
Last Week: DC felt it had been a disappointing week and the points he hoped for had not been accumulated. He and the players felt and shared equally the frustration felt by the fans who were entitled to an opinion having given their hard earned time and money. DC reflected on his own mantra of not getting too high or too low but couldn’t help but feel he needed to work on that (the lows) himself. He called for perspective from fans and reminded people that the club’s strongest attribute was unity. The players are human beings and DC called on the fans to get behind every player that crosses the white line to instil confidence in them as that is a vital part of football. Monday had been a good day for reflection and players on the periphery of the first team had been handed ideal motivation to force their way into the managers thinking this week in training.
Progress: DC often looks back at where the club were 12 months previously. This year Imps are 9 points, 8 league places, and 14 goals better off than the same time last year and have conceded the same number of goals in spite of having a more offensive based midfield – the latter is probably a good indicator of City having more possession. Last year DC felt Imps were 10 goals short of promotion (to convert draws into wins) and that stat is heading in the right direction bearing in mind ‘we’ are not overly reliant on one player to bag all the goals. He is very proud of where City are at and should still remember where ‘we’ have come from.
FGR: DC played down the rivalry that the press were keen to focus on. He explained that there was a natural rivalry as the clubs had been competing for the same rewards in recent years and had been on a similar path but not too forget that actually there weren’t many players left in either squad from the NL days. FGR had done really well to get promoted regardless of the finances it had taken them to get out of the National League. They are a club at the top of their form and have an incredible record in losing only one game this season. Matches like this inspire DC as he wants to beat teams who are playing at their best.
Community Links: Priority for DC and NC since they came to the club following in the footsteps of GT, KA and CM. Lincoln City Foundation are carrying on the fine Community work and it is really important for the club to give back to the unbelievable support base. DC is really pleased with the diversity of that fan base looking at the number of children, women and disabled who are now engaged and so proud that SB is a safe and enjoyable Saturday afternoon experience for everyone that comes to the club.
Favourites Status: DC has been an underdog all his life and if some people want to perceive Imps as one of the favourites that is fine by him. He enjoys proving people wrong and all he needs is a cause. DC is a winner a fighter and if the cause is to now prove people right (as favourites) then that is his new cause.
Injuries: Freck has trained this week so a number of tactics and formations are on the table. One or two players have knocks but as expected DC gave nothing away on that front.
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Posted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport on Thursday, 1 November 2018
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