3/09/2019 7:45 pm
Referee: Scott Oldham
|Doncaster Rovers||Lincoln City|
|John 55', Sterling 69', May 80'||Akinde 43'|
Views from PerthImp following last night’s 3-1 defeat away at Doncaster Rovers in the Leasing.com Trophy: “Just watched the game on i-Follow. Have to say I’m not that disappointed. Doncaster had a well-rested full-strength team. Lincoln had so many new players, players playing out of position, etc. I mean, Anderson at RB, Toffolo at CB, Chapman playing three different positions, Bolger the only recognised regular defender in the second half. It was always going to be difficult. Just write this one off to experience. On to Wycombe on Saturday with our full-strength team. Melbourne quite promising considering all the ‘unpredictability’ of the changes around him. Smith made two or three excellent saves. Have to say I’ve been very impressed with Akinde the last two or three games. He’s actually playing as a strong target man, holding off defenders better and laying off two or three good balls. Good goal as well. Shame about the penalty. Maybe Walker’s arrival has given him a kick up the backside. Andrade has also upped his defensive game. Come to the conclusion though that Payne shouldn’t be anywhere near Lincoln’s penalty area as he gets caught in possession too often trying to play his way out of trouble. Stick to the attacking stuff Jack.”
More views from the Match Thread:
GrotierBranfootLeigh: “I’m sure lessons have been learned. It was frustrating that the turning point was our missed penalty, although to be honest we could have been well behind at half time if it hadn’t been for Bostwick. When he went off we had little in defence. At least we have rested numerous first-choice players so will be stronger for Saturday, and the new youngsters will have learned much tonight that will help them get on method in coming weeks.”
Scotimp: “Danny’s original intention was to take the EFL Trophy seriously again this season, but that changed due to the congested fixture list and inequitable postponements elsewhere.
Last night was all about getting the game out of the way, nothing at all suggests that Danny believed it was worth playing his best team to try to win the game. He knew Doncaster would field their first team due to their ten days off, and he knew he would be unable to field eleven players capable of giving them a proper game within the context of the schedule. He could have done so, but still lost. Therefore he selected a weakened side with planned substitutions and a number playing out of position. His comment about the supporters was very revealing in terms of indicating his approach – he said the same thing at Blackburn last year.
Ironically, he was probably further annoyed that he had to field a stronger team than he would have ideally: had Adebayo-Smith, Bradley and Hesketh not been injured, I am sure they would all have played in addition to Lewis, away with Wales.”
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) September 4, 2019