Danny Cowley was focussed and succinct ahead of the Mansfield Town clash on Saturday afternoon.
Mansfield: DC batted off the inevitable attempts to stoke up a reaction to comments made by Flitcroft simply wryly commenting that he always ‘enjoys listening to David Flitcroft both before and after the game’. He went onto outline that both sides will be pleased with the start to their respective seasons and the fact that the clubs share similar aspirations and geography makes for a good rivalry. Mansfield recruited well last season and Flitcroft inherited a good squad from Evans which has been added to since with two players for every position. They were the better side at Charlton before going behind against the run of play and the late goals conceded were simply a consequence of chasing a cup tie. Mansfield will be confident coming to SB and it is a game DC is relishing.
Time utilised well: DC didn’t want the Yeovil game to be postponed but has put the time to good use (mental and physical re-charge) to the extent that all players bar Sam are now fit and available. Several players are putting their hands up for selection and there was a 60-minute squad game which was very competitive. The game had officials and Lincoln Reds narrowly overcame Lincoln Greys. The match was played in gale force winds and horizontal rain with Pitch 3 being utilised for the first time. DC liked those conditions as they are representative of what Imps will play in four times or so in a season. He enjoys winter as it is the season when he discovers more about the players’ resilience and durability. Off the pitch, analysis had taken place of the number of goals recently conceded and the good news is that the chances being created by the opposition were still low and credit to them (opponents) were being clinical. DC identified some areas that were easily eradicated and others had been worked on. The players had been given a presentation on restarts to highlight how good ‘we’ are at them as a strength to be used.
In other areas, the squad had benefitted from an input from a sleep specialist whilst DC had taken the opportunity to work on January recruitment, planning for the permutations that could present themselves.
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Danny Cowley pre match
Posted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport on Thursday, 22 November 2018
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