6/10/2020 7:00 pm
Referee: Ben Toner
|Mansfield Town||Lincoln City|
|Menayese 72'||Soule 31', Scully 49', Archibald 62'|
Views from Chesterimp following last night’s 3-1 win away at Mansfield Town in the EFL Trophy: “Last night showed the fundamentals of the Appleton Project, a much-changed side played on the same principles of teamwork, control, movement and support allied with supreme fitness which has characterised the season’s start. – What are your thoughts on this? Share your views on this topic HERE and get involved with the other threads on 100% Imps! Every page view helps us raise money for the Football Club!
The coaching and organisation (apart from, ahem, corners) allowing different players to slot in without missing a beat needs to be caveated against poor opposition, but we thoroughly outclassed them.
And they aren’t programmed automatons – the style of play relies on improvisation and creativity, the coaching extends to decision making as much as the technical aspects of the game and this young squad can surely only continue to improve. Fasten seatbelts…”
More views from the Match Thread:
Merthyr Imp: “I thought Soule did all right in the circumstances. Obviously not up to speed yet.
The best I’ve seen Eyoma play at centre back, although he wasn’t exactly tested by the opposition.
Archibald had a good first half, but apart from scoring wasn’t as prominent after the break. Conversely, we seemed to see more of Howarth in the second half than the first.”
Huntsward: “Even with many of the first team rested, everyone looked well versed in the Michael Appleton philosophy. Though some of the quality was (inevitably) not to the standards we’ve been seeing in the first team, it’s incredibly exciting to watch.
I’m interested to see how the Mansfield fans’ saw it because the difference currently appears to be night and day. This is, of course, pleasing but perhaps best left for the other thread.”
PerthImp: “Wow – what a performance – especially the first half. Really highlighted the recruitment and work that MA and the team have done putting this squad together and developing their style of play when you look at the changes made to the team tonight. Even young Cann coming on at the end didn’t look out of place (I know he was only on for a few minutes but it was a great intro for him). Great to see Archibald & Soule. One thing it did highlight for me was the difference between the two teams and clubs. The players, the management, the board and the way they all operate to me showed how far we have come and are developing (& how far Mansfailed have gone in the other direction). When you also think back to the Bradford game it highlights the difference between L1 & L2 and shows that we are heading in the right direction. As MA would say, more work to be done and we’re nowhere near where he wants us to be, but as each week comes and goes I grow ever more hopeful that we can really achieve something amazing. Keep it coming MA and everyone at the club”
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"Last night showed the fundamentals of the Appleton Project."
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