Ahead of tonight’s game against Mansfield Town at Sincil Bank Stadium in the Checkatrade Trophy, we asked our members what three things they think we need to do to beat them.
Here’s what Scotimp said:
A difficult one, this. The question for me is: do we really want to win this game? Playing an under-strength team at Blackburn may have caused Danny some pangs of guilt, but the Exeter result justified it (with apologies to the 1,200 who travelled to Blackburn).
Do Mansfield want to win it? Both clubs are focused on promotion.
Tyler Walker is receiving criticism from fans, some of whom think he is lazy and lacking commitment. I can’t see him playing in this game, unless Mansfield definitely want to win.
Assuming we want to win:
1. Play our first team. I am pretty sure Mansfield will not field theirs, so a substantial win would be almost guaranteed under those circumstances. I don’t think for one moment that will happen, nor am I suggesting it should.
2. Applying some common sense in lieu, we have to hope our reserves are better than theirs. Looking at the two squads instead of the two teams, they probably are. Our regular string of substitutes would walk into most other League Two sides.
Although there are rules in place that demand a certain number of first-team regulars start the game, there is nothing to stop us taking three players off early on. Cynical, but feasible. I don’t think that will happen either.
3. Stick to the same method regardless of personnel. That was the rock on which Liverpool’s success in the 1970s was built. They were mind-bogglingly boring, but they won.
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) September 4, 2018