The Case For The Defence

Lincoln’s back four, or should that be back 6, has only let in one goal so far this season,  but all of that could change with league leaders Cambridge and Wrexham posing double trouble this Bank holiday weekender.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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Whenever STMI run a celebratory ‘case for the defence’ it always seems to backfire on the Imps, centre on the heroics of ‘safehands’ Farman. But fact is, even with Miller sidelined, Gray, Boyce, Brown and Neutron bomb Newton are stoking up the steam as the Lincoln Loco starts whistling at the station.  With Foster or Fofana partnering Nolan just in front the fears over the defence seem unfounded at the moment. The six man phalanx is even compensating for our lack of pace, with Miller and Jordan waiting in the wings and more than capable in a defensive midfield, centre-half or full- back role.

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Newton 2 0 270 0 1 2 2 4 1 0 0
4 Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Boyce 3 0 270 0 0 1 0 9 3 1 0
6 Fofana 2 1 197 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
23 Brown 3 0 270 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0
27 Foster 2 1 186 0 0 2 0 7 2 1 0
19 Nolan 3 0 270 0 2 1 0 3 1 0 0
15 Gray 3 0 270 0 0 1 0 3 1 1 0

The next two games will test the Imps pretensions to a play-off place, but the faith is certainly growing in a team that defends from the front, with Tomlinson pitching in too.  The determination has seen plenty of cards (7) dished out by some very poor officials but only 3 of these have been awarded to the dedicated defensive 6 (Boyce, Gray & Foster). Tomlinson has 1, Power 1 and Rowe has 2 illustrating the contribution the whole side makes towards those clean sheets.

 

The chances of us keeping a clean sheet at Cambridge or at home to Wrexham are slim one feels, yet we thought that when faced with FGR’s tripod. In the end we were breached once through a fortuitous cross-cum-shot from Barry.  That has been the only goal conceded since Simmo’s six-foot Sincil soldiers set out their Skrill Premiership stall.  And even STMI’s oracle of Optimism did not expect that a fortnight ago.

 

So well played oh defenders of Impdom, there should be a fair few more bricks in your wall at Cambridge judging by the number of fans getting aboard the Lincoln Loco this weekend.

(STMI urge all IMPS to TOOT responsibly!)

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Posted on August 21, 2013, in The Case For The Defence, Uncategorized, Writers - The Oracle Of Optimism moments. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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