Date: 3rd January 2019 at 6:45am
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The Vital Lincoln City members’ voted for whom they believe was The Imps Man of The Match in their 2-1 win away at Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two.

Views from Stevie_imp: “No poor performances on Saturday. Honourable mentions to Smith who made some decent saves in the second half, and to Rhead who was effective with his deft touches and flick-ons. One of those flick-ons lead to Akinde’s winning goal. So for me, the race for MOTM is between Harry Anderson and Neil Eardley. Harry was outstanding with a massive work rate charging past defenders and constantly battling at 100% effort for the whole game. Eardley wasn’t much different running down the right, firing in crosses and accurate passes he looked the class act we know he can be. However, the free kick was something else, bent over the wall and into the top left corner. Stunning. If a dead heat was possible it would be a draw. But for me, the Eardley goal was a game changer. It lifted the team who then slipped smoothly into top gear and Akinde’s goal secured the three points just 5 minutes later. Neil Eardley it is but by a whisker.”

Here’s how the poll finished:

Smith: 0 votes – 0.0%
Shackell: 0 votes – 0.0%
Pett: 0 votes – 0.0%
Frecklington: 0 votes – 0.0%
Andrade: 0 votes – 0.0%
Toffolo: 0 votes – 0.0%
Bostwick: 0 votes – 0.0%
Eardley: 3 votes – 14.3%
Anderson: 17 votes – 81.0%
Akinde: 1 vote – 4.8%
Rhead: 0 votes – 0.0%
O’Connor: 0 votes – 0.0%
Gordon: 0 votes – 0.0%

More comments:

berksimps: “Surely there is only one candidate for this game? Excellent contributions from Smith, Eardley, Rhead and Akinde but the award has to go to the magnificent Harry Anderson.

At Cambridge, he was simply the best.”

Impalex: “In any other game, Neil Eardley would have won this accolade by a country mile not only for his excellent goal but also for his sublime cross to Matt Rhead whose header allowed John Akinde to poach his goal, as well as his all-round contribution.

…and then there was Harry Anderson. Enough said.”

Long suffering Imp: “I’m happy with Harry getting it but opted for Rhead as I think given his lack of time on the pitch, he was immense, doing what Rheady does best, his reading of the game is superb and was pretty consistent for the whole game.”

Previous Winners:

August 2018:

Northampton Town (a): Josh Vickers: 35 votes – 97.2%
Swindon Town (h): Bruno Andrade: 11 votes – 39.3%
Port Vale (a – EFL Cup): Tom Pett: 20 votes – 87.0%
Grimsby Town (a): Michael Bostwick: 9 votes – 81.8%
Bury (h): Tom Pett: 52 votes – 94.5%
Notts County (h): Bruno Andrade: 34 votes – 66.7%
Blackburn Rovers (a – EFL Cup): Michael O’Connor: 5 votes – 62.5%

September 2018:

Exeter City (a): John Akinde: 22 votes – 81.5%
Mansfield Town (h – EFL Trophy): Michael Bostwick: 5 votes – 50.0%
Crawley Town (h): Jason Shackell: 13 votes – 37.1%
Macclesfield Town (a): Brundo Andrade: 15 votes – 36.6%
Milton Keynes Dons (h): Tom Pett: 23 votes – 43.4%
Cheltenham Town (a): Bruno Andrade: 14 votes – 66.7%

October 2018:

Tranmere Rovers (a): Shay McCartan: 10 votes – 62.5%
Crewe Alexandra (h): Jason Shackell: 6 votes – 35.3%
Scunthorpe United (a – EFL Trophy): Matt Rhead: 5 votes – 31.3%
Port Vale (a): Tom Pett: 11 votes – 45.8%
Cambridge United (h): Neal Eardley: 10 votes – 40.0%
Carlisle United (h): Tom Pett: 18 votes – 52.9%
Colchester United (a): Michael Bostwick: 7 votes – 63.6%

November 2018:

Forest Green Rovers (h): Michael Bostwick: 34 votes – 70.8%
Wolves U21s (h – EFL Trophy): Matt Green: 6 votes – 60.0%
Northampton Town (h – FA Cup): Bruno Andrade: 6 votes – 40.0%
Mansfield Town (h): Michael Bostwick: 18 votes – 50.0%
Oldham Athletic (a): Jason Shackell: 11 votes – 52.4%

December 2018:

Carlisle United (h – FA Cup): Bruno Andrade: 21 votes – 61.8%
Accrington Stanley (a – EFL Trophy): Joan Luque: 11 votes – 61.1%
Stevenage (a): Michael Bostwick: 5 votes – 50.0%
Morecambe (h): Harry Anderson: 12 votes – 52.2%
Newport County (h): Tom Pett: 10 votes – 43.5%
Crewe Alexandra (a): Josh Vickers: 4 votes – 50.0%

Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City Football Club for the photograph!

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Thursday, 3 January 2019

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