Sincil Bank Stadium
4/09/2018 7:45 pm
Referee: Ross Joyce
|Lincoln City||Mansfield Town|
|Rhead 6'||Butcher 8', Walker 72'|
Views from hulloutpost following last night’s 2-1 defeat at home against Mansfield Town in the Checkatrade Trophy: “Valuable rest for Eardley, Shackell etc. A sharp learning curve for Chapman and Luque who were up against experienced players in central midfield and will be better for the experience. They didn’t create much but all things considered, battled well and weren’t shown up by any means. Useful yards into the legs of McCartan and Mensah who again didn’t do a great deal but will have benefitted. Slight worry about Bossie going off but should be patched up for Saturday. Crookes looked a bit shaky but still a young lad. Toffolo continues to impress down the left side. Overall meh – game served a purpose with regard to the bigger picture and the approach can be re-assessed for the next two group games.”
More views from the Match Thread:
NottyImp: “So, that was pretty horrible. But, as others have commented, a single piece does not a jig-saw puzzle make. The bigger picture is the League and quite a few players have got game time tonight that will help progress in that department in the medium term.
It might appear to be a bit too much like chess at times but absolutely no-one will complain if we get to L1.”
Merthyr Imp: “I thought Chapman was poor in the first half but much better in the second.
Considering Luque isn’t really a central midfielder he did as well as could be expected.
Gordon did well and could be a good option as a wing-back, but on the other side after a good involvement early on Mensah didn’t do too much.
A poor start by Crookes and at fault for the goal (could Slocombe have done a bit better?), but after that, I thought he did OK – although he’s only ever going to be the fifth-choice centre-back when everyone is fit and available.
After scoring I thought Rhead was a bit disappointing, and after his good run in the first half, McCartan even more so – in fact there wasn’t much real threat up front.”
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) September 5, 2018