Lincoln City square up to Burton Albion tonight, giving the Imps a chance to kick-start their season after Saturday's disappointment against Stevenage.
Manager Chris Sutton told the press on Monday afternoon: “The players need to believe in themselves, we need to ask a bit more of the strikers to get across people and attack the ball.
“We conceded a relatively poor goal against Stevenage but in terms of a reaction I thought we got that.
“Burton are like a lot of teams in this division, I think it’ll be a tougher test than Saturday’s game, they’ve got some good players, they’ll be resolute but it’s about what we do. We need people who are willing to head the ball it’s as simple as that.”
Sutton went on to call for the players to show character and the fans to get behind the team.
“If they want to come and get behind the team, fantastic, it’s not helpful to the players if they’re on their backs, they can get on my back, I can take it, I’ve had worse," he added. “The true supporters of the club will get behind us and in general I thought they did.”
Reflecting on his first year in charge Sutton said it has not been easy but he had gained satisfaction at keeping the club in the league last season.
Goalscoring was a problem last season and again this, the lack of a natural goalscorer continued to temper his ambitions and he revisited old ground when speaking of the limitations placed on him by the club’s budget and geographical position.
Burton Albion are themselves without a win in three games and manager Paul Peschisolido sees the game against Lincoln as a chance to atone for their loss against Gillingham.
“An opportunity to put things right. I was very disappointed with the manner in which we lost the game on Saturday, disappointed in the way we conceded the goal," he told the official Burton website. “We ran out of ideas. I want players who will be responsible.”
Peschisolido pronounced himself very happy with the way his team had started the season and expressed the view that, apart from a spell against Crewe he felt no teams had outplayed them. He added: “No-one caused us problems, we caused ourselves problems that’s what’s frustrating."
The Imps boss will want his team to be causing the problems, at the same time relieving the frustration of City’s stuttering start to the campaign.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.