Views from Joseph Lovett following Saturday’s 2-1 win at home against Milton Keynes Dons in Sky Bet League Two: “That was a very good match. There is no better feeling than scoring a last minute winner – and the noise of the crowd when it went in!
MK looked a tight unit and will do well this season. We’ve done exceptionally well to score two against them. As is the case with most teams this season, they couldn’t cope with Bruno and Harry. However at times, the delivery in the box wasn’t great, nor did we commit enough people into the box. When Mensah came on I thought he put some excellent crosses in. MK looked to play us on the counter which was effective at times against our slow defence, but most of the time Bossie and Shackell’s defensive qualities shone through. We dominated the possession but struggled to create many clear-cut chances, whereas MK looked more threatening with the little ball they had. They made some pretty rash challenges and at times I was wondering if they’d finish the match with 11 men!
Really tidy finish for their first goal, even though we probably should have defended it better. Then the Lancaster bomber flies over and it gives a lift to the fans to push the players. I was expecting them to sit on it, but they didn’t seem to change their style. We kept peppering MK and were finally rewarded with a cracking strike from McCartan. Towards the end of the game I thought we were starting to tire, Eardley, in particular, was struggling. However, the fans kept going and so did the players. Finally, Shack attack converted one of, what felt like, hundreds of corners sparking huge celebrations in the home end. Felt like it was a deserved winner in a game of two evenly matched teams.
Currently, Pett is undroppable, he seems to be everywhere. Andrade is a genuine talent, he could potentially become one of the best wingers we’ve seen Grace Sincil Bank in recent years. The way he can control balls from the air and then beat a man is a joy to behold. Akinde is getting better and better. He holds up the ball expertly, rarely gives it away and has an awareness above this league. I genuinely think he is lacking a bit of confidence in front of goal, but they will come. Defenders don’t know how to deal with him and is fundamental to how we play. Bossie and Shackell are rocks, what they lack in pace they more than make up for with experience and reading the game.
All in all a brilliant advert for League Two football.”
More views from the Match Thread:
PerthImp: “Would have taken a draw – feel sorry for MK – they came to play and win and deserved something out of the game, but you cannot write off the Mighty Imps, even up to the end of ET. Magnificent, humungous win. Vitally important that. Come on you Imps.”
NottyImp: “We never give up. Top result in a really entertaining game. Mk may regret those 6 yellows later in the season.”
Luke Imp: “I also thought that in patches, MK showed a bit of L1 in them (think they have quite a few from last season remaining) in the sense that they’re passing was so quick and positive in counter-attacking positions. That’s the kinda thing you’d be up against consistently if we went up.
I can’t recall having any side under Cowley getting three passes in and going from one box to the other as quickly.”
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City Football Club for the photograph!
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) September 26, 2018