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Once again City fans must drag themselves away from speculating on the identity of the next manager and focus on a home game against Macclesfield Town which should provide plenty to divert attention. 

The Silkmen have traditionally provided generous opposition, so hopes will be high that a morale boosting win can be achieved and with memories of Keith Alexander still fresh and a return of old comrade Gary Simpson, much to remind the faithful of good times, not that Simpson will be charitably minded towards his former employers. 

Macclesfield could do with a win themselves to put a bit of distance between them and the foot of the table, they are just four points ahead of the Imps but are on a decent run of league form at present in contrast to Lincoln.  

Scott Lindsey continues in the caretaker role assisted by Paul Musselwhite and with the possibility of managerial hopefuls in the stands the two will want to put on a good show to underline their own abilities. Imps’ chiefs have said they are hopeful an appointment will be made before the following game against Shrewsbury.  

Speaking to the club's official website, Lindsey said he thought the team deserved more out of the game last weekend and he went on to praise Musselwhite who replaced Joe Anyon in goal at Southend. 

“We weren’t concentrating probably when we should have been," he said. "I don’t think players take anything going on, off the pitch, I don’t think that matters, 

"They were totally focussed on the game, we switched off for a couple of seconds and you go one-nil down but I was pleased with the way they reacted after that.” 

Lindsey described Macclesfield as ‘a side that are strong on set pieces’; not surprising really given the management now and previously.“We’re going to know that we’re in a bit of a battle,” he added. 

Injuries wise, apart from Anyon, Drewe Broughton has a dead leg and is unlikely to play. Paul Green and Andy Hutchinson are more long term absentees. The gaffer says the mood in the camp is still good: “I think they firmly believe in themselves and I’ve tried to instil that in them as well. 

"We are causing teams problems and we are creating chances, there would be more of a problem if we weren’t.” 

With City hoping to have a new manager in place for the daunting trip to Shrewsbury on 16 October this fixture will give the stand-in pair the perfect opportunity to show the new boss this team has what it takes to win. Imps everywhere will hope they take it. 

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