Date: 19th December 2018 at 5:25pm
Written by:
Lincoln City
3 – 1
Morecambe

Sincil Bank Stadium

Sky Bet League Two

15/12/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 7975

Referee: Seb Stockbridge

Lincoln City Morecambe
Anderson 7', Akinde 33' (PEN), Shackell 37' Ellison 80'
Smith Halstead
Eardley 49' Yarney
Bostwick Lavelle
 
Shackell Old
Toffolo Conlan
 
Pett Kenyon 70'
Frecklington Cranston
O'Connor
 
79' Mandeville 57'
Anderson Leitch-Smith 57'
Akinde 73' Ellison
McCartan Oswell

Substitutes

Gordon Roche
Wharton 79' Thompson
Rhead Oliver 57'
Green 73' Wildig 70'
Wilson 49' Oates 57'
Mensah Mendes Gomes
Slocombe Hedley

Game Statistics

12 Goal attempts 10
4 On Target 4
4 Corners 1
14 Fouls 15
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
57 % 43

Views from Joseph Lovett following Saturday’s 3-1 win at home against Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two: “No one can complain at that.

Weather was obviously dreadful and a really good attendance despite that. Lots of people have to travel 30 mins plus to get to the games and, given the forecast, it’s understandable that some couldn’t make it/risk it.

Thought we were excellent in the first half and did the bare minimum in the second half, which at this time of year (with the fixture pile-up) is exactly the performance we wanted. Despite not being that great second half we still dominated play and the only chance they created they scored. Other than that they only looked likely to score from Smith’s poor handling in truly awful conditions. Having said that their goal was from some very good football.

Our first goal was a thing of beauty and we all want to see more of that. That inside ball down the flanks is so dangerous, but I don’t think we use it enough. Given the conditions I expected us to play a bit more on the ground. The second was a stonewall penalty, but such an unnecessary push from their player. Cleanly despatched from Akinde, as expected. Our third really was a bolt from the blue from a Lincoln fan! My exact words as we were setting up for the free kick were ‘surely we have some better than Shackell to take this’. How wrong was I!? What a belter!

Just hoping Andrade and Eardley’s injury aren’t that bad. Don’t think the latter’s will be that bad. He clearly had a slight knock going into halftime. Think he tried to continue in the second half, wasn’t fully happy and it was decided he should come off at 3 0 up.

Hearing rumours that Green is moving to Salford in January. Didn’t believe it at first, however, when he threw his shirt into the crowd at the end it got me thinking. With Andrade being out he might have expected to start. I guess we shall see. In any case, he put in 100% as usual.

Perfect performance given the conditions. Great stuff going into Christmas.”

More views from the Match Thread:

NottyImp: “Shackell’s free-kick was a genuine “Netbuster”. Not sure there’s a ‘keeper in the country that could have stopped it.

Great game by Harry – my MoM. Ran their defence absolutely ragged and a nice finish after his late arrival in the box for his goal.

Akinde-Beast-Penalty also had a good game, winning plenty of balls up-front and holding it up well. The penalty was nicely taken.

When you’re 3-0 up at half-time, the chances are it’s foot-off-the-gas time, and so it proved.

Top of the table, my friends, top of the table.”

Skip155: “I thought that broadly speaking we bossed both the conditions and the opposition. We made the pitch wide and long playing side to side and backwards and then took really good advantage of the spaces we created.

Important that we took advantage of what turned into our game in hand too.”

Snats: “Can’t blame any of them for the second half performance in such horrific conditions. Got the job done by halftime, nice for Anderson to get a confidence-boosting goal and Akinde deserved one for his effort. As for Jason Shackell, is there nothing the man can’t do?? Not just a top class defender but a free kick specialist as well!”

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

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Wednesday, 19 December 2018

 

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