Date: 24th November 2008 at 8:55am
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With Danny Hone suggesting that the tactic had been to tire the visitors on Saturday and then commenting that perhaps the fans didn’t understand the tactics, Vitals have had a look at a few stats.

With Shrewsbury down to 10 men after only 3 minutes the San Sincil expectantly looked for a comprehensive victory over the high flying outfit from the New Meadow.

With a front line including the Gasman and LJL given freedom to take the central target role the omens were good taken that the Shrews would now have to defend. And defend they did with Holt cutting a lonely figure up front.

The first half was more of a sparing contest with the Imps probing forward – presumably hoping that the Shrewsbury players would run themselves into the ground chasing shadows.

The second half started more brightly and sure enough the tired legs of the visitors allowed a whole plethora of chances to rain down on Gilks in the Shrewsbury goalmouth.

The Stacey West drum beat its rythmn, the fans continued to sing and the chances came and went. Gilks on loan almost single handedly denied the Imps on numerous occasions. Ben Wright must have thought his angled shot was in, most in the Stacey West agreed but the keeper used his telescopic right arm to tip the ball wide.

It was going to be one of those days – again!! Two league games on the trot the Imps have been given a man advantage and neither times have they been able to score. At least Saturday we can claim a clean sheet!

Stattos on the message board have pointed out that the Imps have now played 164 minutes against ten men. Scored 0 conceded 2 and more worringly it is now 346 minutes since a ball was put in the onion bag and 256 of those have been at home.

With Wright and Graham looking lively in the last part of the game on Saturday it is almost certain we may seem some changes for Tuesday night. Let’s also hope that the opposing team don’t lose any players early on.