Danny Cowley remained very grounded ahead of Saturday’s match against Cambridge United, following last weeks on the road thumping of Port Vale.
Port Vale: It was only three points, it’s parked and we move on. DC’s favourite NL result was the 1-0 victory at Eastleigh when Tranmere put 9 past Solihull – “We both got three points”. He was pleased with how well the players adapted with all the disruption citing that they (players) could have used it as an excuse and they didn’t. Last weeks result makes this week all the more difficult so the squad have trained diligently.
Cambridge: DC took the view that Cambridge and Imps were pretty level in terms of recent history (relegation to non-league, promoted back up, good cup runs and facilities) and position. He believed that as the clubs were even then the difference would have to be made by the efforts of the people at the club to get ahead, including the manager, players and fans. DC was astounded that Cambridge are where they are with basically the same team that took 25 points from the last 15 games of the previous season, they should be a top ten side with their players and a good manager. Against Crawley and MK they had 18 and 23 shots respectively and will cause problems with athleticism, movement and real goal threat. DC is not deceived by their false position. He is well aware that having scored from four corners last week that facet will have been scrutinised. Resultingly Imps have not stood still and have worked thoroughly on new ones. Nicky has been loving it and DC joked that the players also loved a full day of Nicky pointing out the precise spot of grass the players were to stand on. It is important to evolve, add and move on otherwise opposition were able to counteract. To that end, they had even been looking for ideas from other sports such as penalty corners in hockey.
Squad News: Frecklington, Shackell, O’Connor and Akinde all still struggling. Not a lot that can be done about picking up impact injuries just part of the game so DC won’t sit and moan about it and he sees it as just another challenge that will be overcome. The squad has demonstrated their depth and will cope. Regarding the illness that was going about, the worst has passed. DC was asked whether injuries had disrupted training and he said not. Imps have a clear method and routine they believe in for different weeks i.e. Sat to Sat or ones with a midweek game inserted. That process is trusted. At the old training grounds, the pitches were too small and the surface was compromised which was frustrating; no longer the case at the new facility.
Miscellaneous: DC is still looking for the right loan move for Grant Smith. Regarding training the players are marked out of ten every day on everything not just playing performance. That included things like strength training. This ensured that standards were driven, performance patterns could be identified and the management were up to date with where the players were at in all aspects.
Lincoln City Press Conference
Posted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport on Thursday, 18 October 2018
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