Danny Cowley covered a broad range of subjects in the run-up to away games at Cheltenham this Saturday followed by Tranmere on Tuesday.
Season So Far: DC is delighted with the start made but is very mindful that neither Exeter or Notts achieved promotion despite a similar start made last season. The time to ask him if he thinks this squad have the same mentality as previously successful teams under his stewardship will be next May but the number of late goals and refuse to lose attitude exhibited so far are excellent. The key is to keep that up. The practicalities of goals being shared out and subs coming on to influence games are very positive.
Squad Management: It has taken three transfer windows following Imp’s return to league football to attain a squad with this depth and balance. That’s not to say that DC will rest on his laurels as he has identified one or two areas he would like to strengthen. DC did not rule out one or two players going out on loan when asked but reminded everyone that following a bit of a hiatus another busy spell is coming up. It is hard to get the balance for players 12 to 22 who are not playing which is why the Checkatrade, Caraboa and 2 planned behind closed door friendlies per month (at this juncture) are essential. The players know they are going to be called upon and must be ready when they play – as they will with the 2 back to back away fixtures this week. A behind closed door friendly took place against Leicester U23’s with both Rheady and Greeny scoring. He praised their unselfish attitude and team orientated approach and highlighted how those players give the crowd a lift when coming on as subs whilst recognising that they both desperately want to play. DC was quite candid that the Josh Vickers injury recovery had been a surprise as the initial scan had shown a 13cm vertical tear to the quad and he had not planned to have three such quality keepers in his squad. If JV has no setbacks then he will review the ‘unlucky’ position that Sam Slocombe has found himself in during the middle of next week.
Cheltenham: DC does not know his counterpart Michael Duff personally but has observed that the Cheltenham players are right behind their manager. Cheltenham are a compact organised side that has strengths in terms of their physical prowess, aerial ability and energy levels. He is not fooled by Cheltenham’s slow start to the season as they have been unlucky to come out on the wrong side of very narrow defeats in games of fine margins. Cheltenham must have about 30 players in their squad so certainly depth and options are no issue for them.
Logistics: Imps will travel and train at Aston Villa tomorrow, play Saturday and return the same day. Sunday is a rest day and the team will travel on Monday after some training and rest at a hotel for Tranmere ahead of Tuesday.
Sam Habergham: Had a bone oedema which is a skeletal injury and the hardest to treat accordingly. It is an injury caused by ‘overuse’ and Sam has an awful lot of games under his belt. It has taken longer than liked to recover but Sam has incredible determination and mentality. Furthermore, SH has been putting his time off to good use by coaching the academy players whilst improving his own coaching skills alongside that. He has been studying the game and adding to his knowledge which will benefit him as a player when he returns.
Fans: DC delighted with support against MK and hadn’t realised the Lancaster had flown over initially but it had been well timed. He joked that he had wondered where the enthusiasm had come from for conceding a goal. He realised the time and cost implications of the 2 away games but respectfully asked for those that could make the effort to try and get there; it would be greatly appreciated.
Danny Cowley Press Conference
Posted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport on Thursday, 27 September 2018
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