Danny Cowley talks to the press ahead of Saturday’s game against Yeovil Town in League Two.
The Step up to League 2: DC noted that L2 had been a huge jump up from NL. The player technique and manager tactics were evidently superior. This year a lot had been learnt about the players and personalities. DC had identified mistakes made both on and off the pitch in relation to training, selection and tactics. He felt that everybody himself had learned and would improve dramatically. DC was clear the team had followed a very pragmatic approach after the Crawley and Crewe games which had resulted in consistency being achieved. The work ethic, attitude and application from a very determined group had ensured good responses. DC hinted at evolving strategy and methods going forward without expanding on the point. Should The Imps achieve the playoffs to add to the Checkatrade this season would supersede last year due to the step up and transition that had been required.
This week: The players had most definitely benefited from a free week to really work on the training ground in preparation for the Yeovil game. DC felt the Accrington game had come too soon on the back of an intensive schedule as it had adversely caused the mental levels to drop rather than the physical which the latter had still been decent during the second half. The training had allowed everybody to freshen up and the set back (as always) had not dampened the group enthusiasm for hard work.
Yeovil: This is a season-defining game and a positive angle was put on the Mansfield win as DC wanted to achieve PO’s through the team’s own endeavours, not others failing. He was confident that City would benefit from a big home match and feels the team have shown how they rise to the pressure of big games. Unlike last week there are no variables so the focus will be entirely on the match at SB as the outcome is solely in The Imps hands. DC was not complacent about Yeovil and noted that they had been involved in two excellent cup runs with some impressive league victories thrown in over the season. The Imps would be on the front foot and aim to repeat the tactic of getting the defence up behind the attack to counter Yeovil counter attacking – something that had worked well in the corresponding fixture.
Neal Eardley: NE had told DC he had enjoyed the season and wanted to ‘be here’. DC was confident they were very close to ironing out the details on a new contract but this week is all about the football.
Miscellaneous: DC would not be drawn on the player of the season awards as it would be akin to having to choose between his own children. It is a team game and hoped the awards would be spread about to reflect that. DC urged fans to get behind the team, out of their seats BUT keep off the pitch so that awards could go ahead and should we reach PO’s the pitch will be needed for another match. DC took the opportunity to thank the fans for their great support home and away; Coventry fans had even acknowledged the midweek turnout at their place. DC was pleased about the sale of season tickets and referenced the importance of building on last season as the budget had not been set for next season. If it could be surpassed it would make it better for challenging.
Danny Cowley prematch
Posted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire Sport on Thursday, 3 May 2018
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City for the photograph!
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