After last night’s 2-1 win at home against Bury in Sky Bet League Two, we asked our members what 3 things they learned.
Here’s what hulloutpost posted:
1. Bostwick and Shackell playing together at the back do not have the pace to deal with mobile opposition forwards. Until Wharton is fit then Wilson should partner Shackell with Bostwick returning to midfield where he can operate more effectively and fill the very large void that was evident in front of the back four.
2. Tom Pett has to start. A midfield trio of Bostwick, O’Connor and Frecklington have many admirable strengths, but pace is not one of them; it is not realistic or fair to expect the exciting prospect of Chapman to take on the responsibility of a midfield linchpin at this stage of his career as he needs to be nurtured in safer game situations. Pett looked assured, confident with the ball and consistently made great decisions. He doesn’t have to play as an attacking midfielder as he was clearly very comfortable taking the ball in deeper positions often with little space to work in. By playing deeper he is also able to provide some pace, energy and press to complement the other qualities that the aforementioned players have. Pett looked every part the playmaker and is probably our most complete midfielder on last night’s evidence.
3. There were glimpses of where we are going with our play. Clearly, the long diagonal is something that will be used sparingly this season rather than the go-to for most of last season. Even when we were behind in the game and we were struggling to get on terms there was no panic to be seen. It was great to see City recycling the ball with passages of play deep in the game where we were happy to pass through midfield and switch play looking for a different angle of attack. Certainly, the formation change helped but it was key that some urgency and tempo was added to the passing game in the second half – conspicuous by its absence in the first.
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City Football Club for the photograph!
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) August 22, 2018