Danny Cowley talks to the press ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to Coventry City in League Two.
Michael Bostwick appeal: Expected to go ahead sometime later today. Is not concerned it will be classed as a frivolous appeal and attract heavier sanction. Feels the officials had struggled to keep up with play due to the speed of the break and that had added to the uncertainty. Has watched it from many angles and does not feel the Colchester player had the ball under control nor a clear goalscoring opportunity. DC would even argue Bostwick was fouled first.
Penalty takers: Clearly the matter had been addressed as DC made the point twice that ‘it’ had been sorted out today. He took it as a positive that so many players wanted to take the kick for the right reasons and quipped that should we reach Wembley again then he won’t have any problems finding volunteers if required.
Injuries: For the first time in a long while DC was quite clear that City had picked up a number of injuries and were struggling; he would not have a selection headache Tuesday night. it will be a case of seeing who is fit and picking the best 11 for the system deployed. DC was relaxed about the number of games coming thick and fast. He would rather have a heavy load at the end of the season as psychologically the players can see the light at the end of the tunnel. He is pleased to work with a small squad so that all the players can have the focus and attention they need. Players in big squads get lost in the system. The players that come in are consequently hungry and better quality.
Coventry: They were the best team at SB this season and DC is surprised they are not in an automatic promotion spot. He watched them against Luton and Stevenage where they played very well. He was perplexed that Coventry had been allowed to play on Friday especially as the Tuesday game was re-arranged and The Imps had not been allowed much say about the new date. However, City will not have any excuses and will dig deep. Injuries aside, the players are in great condition and their late-game GPS stats are holding up well against early season comparisons. Coventry players McNulty and Harris were ID as the danger men with good all round and experienced midfielders in Doyle and Kelly. Coventry have the best defensive record and a keeper whom commands his area. DC conceded that a point would be a good outcome but qualified that ‘we won’t change our style’ and The Imps would be on the front foot as normal.
The fans: Coventry supporters generated a good atmosphere on Friday night. It’s a huge game on Tuesday and it is great how many Imps are going. BUT if you are unsure get there. The team needs the supporters energy to drive them on. It doesn’t matter if the kids are a bit tired at school on Wednesday this will be an experience for them.
Danny Cowley prematch
Posted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport on Monday, 23 April 2018
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City for the photograph!
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) April 23, 2018