Date: 4th October 2018 at 9:32am
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Tranmere Rovers
1 – 0
Lincoln City

Prenton Park

Sky Bet League Two

2/10/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 5467

Referee: Andy Haines

Tranmere Rovers Lincoln City
Norwood 61'
Davies Vickers
Buxton Shackell
McNulty Pett
Monthe Frecklington
Norwood
 
 
Andrade
Jennings Toffolo
McCullough Bostwick
Smith 82' McCartan 68'
Stockton 46' Eardley
Bakayogo
 
Anderson 81'
Banks
 
Akinde 68'

Substitutes

George Smith
Mullin O'Connor 81'
Caprice Wharton
Ellis Rhead 68'
Mottley-Henry 82' Green 68'
Gilmour 46' Wilson
Cole Mensah

Game Statistics

11 Goal attempts 13
2 On Target 1
1 Corners 6
21 Fouls 7
3 Yellow Cards 0
1 Red Cards 0
48 % 52

Views from Brendan Bradley following Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat away at Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League Two: “As I’m watching games from the couch it’s fascinating to know that fans are calling for those sort of changes to the team. At Cheltenham, and especially in the first half last night, I really wonder what people actually want, considering the dominance of the side and the chances created? Don’t they find this entertaining?

If it’s about conversion, Green actually had a couple of chances last night and missed them. Rhead (alongside McNulty it was the immovable object meets the immovable object) didn’t get near the goal.

If their complaints are about the style of play, I despair, but I suppose people like what they like.

My own view is that Green should be on the pitch more than he is, but we have been getting better and better with the team that has been put out. Outclassing other sides, really, so it’s difficult to change.

Last night I was surprised the forward changes were made together as it indicated a total change in approach. I didn’t think we were losing it up top, we had lost our grip in midfield and I expected O’Connor to come on for either Pett, Freck or McCartan.

If it was a forward change I’d have put Green on first. To me, Rhead is only an option when the opposing defence is sitting really deep or when we’re trying to see the game out. I guess that gives away what I think of his selection for this side, which isn’t to undermine his contribution over the years, but practically everyone else has already been moved on.

Anyway, I wonder if that half hour or so of last season’s Lincoln might have converted a few disbelievers?”

More views from the Match Thread:

Luke Imp: “Tranmere’s season so far has mirrored ours last season to a point.

Low on goals but decent defensively, stay in games and will pick up wins by being like that.”

Londonimp12: “Haven’t commented so far as last night was a frustrating watch, albeit we produced some brilliant football at times too. Akinde isn’t always as clinic as he should be and we must accept this, which isn’t to say he isn’t a very valuable asset. We need to value what he does bring to the team and when the goals come that’ll be a significant bonus. In fact, his value really showed through when Green and Rhead came on and were completely ineffective. The beauty of playing Akinde is we can play a type of football that compliments the qualities of all players in the team and at times we look in a totally different league.

On a separate note, I thought their fans were excellent as a 12th man, credit where credits due. They had a significant impact on the game in the same way as we do at Sincil Bank.”

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

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Thursday, 4 October 2018

 

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