Date: 31st August 2018 at 6:30am
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After the 4-1 defeat away at Blackburn Rovers in the Second Round of The Carabao Cup, we asked our members what three things they learned.

Here’s what Rob the Imp said:

1. Matt Rhead still has a part to play in the Lincoln City team. Yes, he won’t start every game as in seasons past, but he’s an option from the bench and will make the odd start on occasion, as seen against Blackburn. The fact that he also took the captain’s armband in Frecklington’s absence shows he hasn’t been completely forgotten by the management team. I think it’s fair to say we’ll see him set up goals more often now than scoring himself, à la his knockdown for Luque to finish from.

2. Whilst we have healthy competition for all positions now, you might not witness a completely competent team performance with such a number of changes made. As we effectively played a side of players who have had limited or no game time so far, and have rotated heavily anyway, many of these players will be unfamiliar playing with each other. This does at least mean that we can give minutes on the pitch to lesser used players in cup games and assess them competitively. Bearing in mind we had a goalkeeper making his debut after a few days at the club behind a defence that haven’t played together before, I wouldn’t read too much into the scoreline!

3. Despite Danny doing his best to rein in expectations for the team this year, he clearly has his work cut out doing so. Going into the Blackburn game top of the table and unbeaten, it seemed many thought we would steamroller a Championship side expected to play a much-weakened team. Whilst we have beaten much bigger sides in recent years, we don’t have a God-given right to do so. Who would ever expect that given our recent past? Still. We’re top of the league, and who wanted to win the Carabao Cup anyway?

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Thursday, 30 August 2018

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