Following Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw away at Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two, we asked our members what three things they learned from the match.
Here’s what hulloutpost said:
1. Individual errors continue to prove costly. Yet again 10 men or not we restricted Oldham to long range shooting which at this level have a low percentage of success. In spite of some pacey counter-attacks Oldham rarely if at all got to see the whites of Josh Vickers eyes so he will be disappointed that he allowed a speculative effort (albeit wobbling) to burst through his two hands.
2. We struggled to adapt our approach quickly enough to the game situation. Early on the quick ball into Akinde was working well as he was showing the power and pace to really unsettle them. After the injury to their player and the sending off, we were still looking to hit JA even though Oldham were playing a much deeper line. Our approach became very predictable with Oldham having the time and anticipation to set up and deal with it.
3. We still haven’t worked out how to transition with effective consistency through midfield. When we looked to play early ball on the counter-attack, not enough players were springing forward to get in and around JA. Several times Harry Anderson, in particular, looked to come short when Neal Eardley was obviously looking for a line ball or more centrally into JA. The effect is that we often made the wrong decisions which meant we either didn’t retain the ball well enough or lost momentum leading to us looking disjointed and sluggish at times. To get the best out of Shay McCartan he has to know what is coming so he can either sprint up much closer alongside JA or drop into the pocket knowing that there are going to be a couple of passes through midfield. Lee Frecklington has the experience, timing off the ball and technique with it to provide the link and he has probably been missed more than we would have expected.
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City Football Club for the photograph!
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) November 29, 2018