7/02/2020 7:45 pm
Referee: Martin Coy
|Lincoln City||Rotherham United|
Views from Joseph Lovett following Friday night’s 1-0 defeat at home against Rotherham United in League One: “A definite improvement on the previous games, but, a very frustrating game. Again, we lose because of playing out from the back. It’s starting to become like VAR, we moan about it every week. It’s the first time the crowd have been hugely deflated by a goal. It’s the same mistakes again and again. Teams know what’s coming and how to play against us, just press against us and we’ll deliver the ball to you on a plate. I think next season we’ll see a very different looking back 5 that is more adept at playing the way Appleton wants to play.
We had enough good chances to win it, but the finishing wasn’t good enough. There actually wasn’t an awful lot between the teams, though I’m not sure if that’s because Rotherham didn’t need to go through the gears. Rotherham must be the tallest team in the league, very physical and won all the second balls. Other than the goal, I can’t remember them carving us open.
We’re actually good when we have the ball forward, we just don’t have a successful method to get the ball in those positions. Passing out from the back has its clear issues and long ball provided limited success. The times we managed to get the ball out we looked good. In particular, the phase of play leading to Anderson’s opportunity was superb.
A massive positive today was Bridcut, what a fantastic addition he looks to be. I hope we can use him to bridge play from playing out at the back. He doesn’t half mind getting stuck in as well!
A couple of extra bug-bears:
– Too slow and predictable setting up from goal kicks and when Vickers had the ball in hand.
– Movement at throw-ins.
– Providing support when countering.
– Lack of fitness (at least compared to Rotherham).
– Lack of out and out winger options (we have bucket loads of central midfielders).
Hoping for a positive game on Tuesday and I feel confident we’ll get a good result. Let’s stop the rot of 4 defeats on the bounce, just for my peace of mind (I still have nightmares of our slide into Non-League). It’s difficult sometimes to remember we’ve had a lot of changes to the squad over a short period of time and it takes time for players to get on the same wavelength. Let’s cut out the problems at the back and we’ll be decent.
Onwards and upwards.”
More views from the Match Thread:
New gold dream: “Unfortunately that bit of luck is missing at the moment.
Created some decent chances at times and not much between the teams for a neutral observer apart from losing the second ball in the second half was frustrating.
Get the win on Tuesday and the confidence will flood across this team.
Haven’t thought the gap between us and the likes of Pompey Rotherham Ipswich is that significant considering where we’ve come from last season.
Merthyr Imp: “Back in my hotel room after my fourth home game in the last two seasons, and I’m afraid the poor result is my fault as this makes it two defeats and two draws in those four games. In fact, the last time I saw a home win at Sincil Bank Gavin Gordon was amongst the scorers.
But it wasn’t the worst 1-0 defeat I’ve ever seen and the performance was a big improvement on last Saturday. We were the better side in the first half and although didn’t do as well after going a goal down I thought it was a fairly even game overall after that. We had the two good chances in the first half as against what were little more than half-chances in the second.
I too thought Hesketh did OK in the first half, but he then looked most likely to be the first player to be substituted. Impressed with Scully, also Bridcutt first half, and I thought Melbourne defended very well first half (when he was right in front of where I was).”
BMF 53: “Lincoln played fine tonight, particularly in the first half where we should have gone in a goal up. Rotherham played on our weaknesses in the second half and did a job on us after getting their goal.
Bridcutt looked a class apart and the team has potential. However, the atmosphere at the end was flat and the majority of the home fans around me walked out without clapping off the team.
I can understand why we have sold players to cut costs with us being pretty much safe. The reasons can be spun in any way you like. However, the move will be counter-productive if some of those who have enjoyed the last three and a half years suddenly can’t be bothered to attend or begin to choose their games.
I feel a crossroads is being reached.
I also wonder whether Appleton knew what was being planned when he took the job or whether it all came as a surprise in January.
The last few home games could dictate the next few years, I feel. I hope we end the losing run at home to MK Dons. Three successive home defeats will not help repurchases of season tickets and then the budget for next season is affected again, and a spiral starts.
The gains on and off the pitch in the past few seasons need to be guarded carefully.”
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City Football Club for the photograph!
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) February 10, 2020