Poor Imps Performance Makes Tuesday Mission Massive.
In what has to be described as the poorest and most disappointing Lincoln City performance of the season Marlon Jackson, Connor Robinson and of course Tom Miller had stand out performances. Although these three look a handful the Imps remaining cards are starting to look like a busted flush. Perhaps that is why just 200 travelled to what could and should have been a great day out.
Jackson and Robinson, when he came on, looked to have the pace we have been missing for some time, although the forward line again looked poor. These two will be key on Tuesday as Tomlinson looked shattered, not helped by the effects of a hefty clout against Kidderminster the week before. Wright is also well below par suggesting the Imps could struggle for forwards on Tuesday. Fairhurst also had a cameo performance although one wonders whether he is up to a full 90 minutes, in a game we simply must win.
The tiring legs of the part-timers ensured City looked more dangerous as the second half wore on, but we can expect another in-your-face display from a side who will relish playing on an ex-League stage, for the chance of an FA Cup giant killing and that vital £12,500 prize. Thompson did limp off but you fancy he will not want to miss this one and Nti looks a handful with Glover and Thorley also big game players who will relish the Sincil Bank surface, which has so often been Christened the theatre of the absurd when it comes to cups.
The Imps must regroup and go for the jugular on Tuesday, because if the Imps can get Robinson and Jackson to terrorise them early, perhaps Fairhurst can deliver on the promise we all know he possesses.
The club could do with the cash in the coffers too, with 3 away games before we play Alfreton at home, this after the Gateshead game was postponed due to their own FA Cup heroics. A win against Worcester and the arrival of the target-man will help, a defeat could see a Tuesday gate against Alfreton fall below 2,000 with Hereford to come on the Saturday. It is incredible how quickly a season can turn for the better or worse.
If ball 52 is followed by ball Portsmouth (33), Sheffield United (38) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (46) live on ITV at 1.35 today and we win on Tuesday, Christmas will come early for the Imps. If not we could be heading for yet another winter of discontent. Let us hope that is not the case, for we Imps are not to good at asking the right questions and understanding the true underlying problems our football club faces during its perennial struggles. As for those who point such things out, well the shooting of the messenger comes to mind.
The Road ahead.
|Sat 2/11/13||Lincoln City||Worcester City|
|Sat 9/11/13||Welling United||Lincoln City|
|Tue 12/11/13||Southport||Lincoln City|
|Sat 16/11/13||Forest Green||Lincoln City|
|Tue 19/11/13||Lincoln City||Alfreton|