Date: 6th November 2018 at 6:30am
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Lincoln City
2 – 1
Forest Green Rovers

Sincil Bank Stadium

Sky Bet League Two

3/11/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 8542

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Lincoln City Forest Green Rovers
Akinde 8', Gordon 72' Brown 12'
Vickers Sanchez
O'Connor James
Shackell Winchester
Pett Grubb 87'
Frecklington 58' Brown
Campbell 75'
Toffolo Gunning
Wilson Archibald 85'
Bostwick McGinley
71' Digby
Akinde 81' Mills


Slocombe Montgomery
Gordon 71' Rawson
Wharton Williams 85'
Rhead Pearce 87'
Green 81' Worthington
McCartan 58' Morris
Mensah Reid 75'

Game Statistics

6 Goal attempts 16
3 On Target 5
4 Corners 3
13 Fouls 9
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
43 % 57

Views from Joseph Lovett following Saturday’s 2-1 win at home against Forest Green Rovers in Sky Bet League Two: “Fantastic 3 points today, desperately needed the win. We may not have performed like we wanted to, but the result was the most important thing against a team that has been in very good form. Not sure anyone can argue that FGR deserved something out of the game, but who cares. I can’t wait to see what Cooper has to say.

Thought FGR were a very good footballing team, probably the best we’ve seen down the bank so far this season. Yet, they didn’t create many clear-cut chances and most of their efforts were from outside the area. Whether that is their poor decision making, our good defending or a combination of the both I’m not sure. The Cowleys are very good at allowing good footballing teams to move the ball around in safe areas.

Overall it was a defensive masterclass at times. Both Shackell and Bostwick were immense. I think there were some confidence issues going into today’s game, but those two have fight in abundance and will step up to anything. Feel a bit sorry for Wilson because he clearly isn’t a right back. He was often out of position and wasn’t sure when to go forward. When you’re playing against teams you dominate you can play a centre back at fullback, but when you’re under the cosh they struggle.

I thought we struggled big time in midfield today. In fact, at times I’d go as far to say that forest Green bossed it. They seemed to always have space and win all the second balls. Freck did okay but is clearly not fully fit. Poor O’Connor had a terrible game and I’ll leave it at that.

Though FGR bossed midfield and possession, I thought we created the much better chances when we had the ball. Delighted for Akinde to bag a (very good) goal and have an excellent performance. Had the supply to him be a better quality he could have had more chances. He was virtually working off scraps the entire time he was on and still scared the defenders. Hopefully, that will kick-start his goal scoring! Andrade was brilliant again and created things out of nothing at times, just needs to work on his final ball. I think Anderson is one struggling with confidence issues and seems to be shying away at times. That can’t be said for Pett though, who seemed to be the only player trying to play football at times. Thought all 3 subs had a positive impact, McCarten, in particular, should be starting in my opinion.

One of the best bits of the day was the strategic placing of the steak advert in the programme next to FGR’s introduction page.

Onwards and upwards!”

More views from the Match Thread:

PerthImp: “Phew – credit to FGR, they pretty much controlled the game, at least in terms of possession, but their two CBs and GK are woeful. Replace them and they could be a really good team. Mind you, they do like to try and walk the ball into the net or score Worldys. Not a good performance, but we did what we had to do and scored the goals we needed to win. After the last three games that was a result we needed. UTI”

Snats: “Really didn’t deserve to win today but the three points is all that matters, although I hope Danny won’t allow it to paper over the cracks. Eardley was missed, they had a lot of joy down his side. Akinde, Bostwick, Shackell and Gordon were all terrific.”

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

Posted by Vital Lincoln City on Tuesday, 6 November 2018


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