Lincoln 'wing wizard' looking for more of the same

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Lincoln City will look to double their points tally with a first win at home this season against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. 

Supporters will be looking to Albert Jarrett to continue his good form following a scintillating performance in the first win this term at Gillingham.

Teammate Delroy Facey told the Lincolnshire Echo: "I thought Albert was absolutely tremendous at Gillingham.  I said to him after the game 'that's your standard set' and he has to maintain it now."

Facey also reflected on his own role as a makeshift winger in the game following Mustapha Carayol’s withdrawal due to injury. 

"I surprised myself, I think they are calling me the 'wing wizard' on the training ground. Seriously, I played a couple of times there for Notts County last season, and being an experienced professional, I should be able to play there. The more games I get, the fitter I will become," said the former Magpies striker. 

"It was a good test for me and I felt fitter and better as the game wore on. I enjoyed playing on the left and I think our formation threw Gillingham a bit."

Imps boss Chris Sutton will be looking to blunt a Crewe attack that put seven goals past Barnet last weekend, a result that Facey is not taking at face value.

“They scored seven against Barnet, but no disrespect to Barnet, they have lost some of their best players and are not the force they were two or three seasons ago," he said. 

Nevertheless, Sutton will take the threat Alex pose very seriously and, once again, thoughts will focus on the defence.

Jamie Clapham was selected to start at Priestfield, together with the ever dependable, if increasingly leg weary Ian Pearce, and the pair had a steadying effect on Joe Anderson, who benefited enormously from their presence and put in a fine performance.

Midfield will have the fans scratching their heads in anticipation of the Imps bosses’ team selection after captain Scott Kerr didn't play at Gillingham due to injury. Did Clark Keltie do enough in the manager’s eyes to retain his place? We will have to wait for Saturday for the answer to that.

In attack Ben Hutchinson is sure to play after a solid debut, although time will tell to see if anyone will play alongside him. Drewe Broughton did not start at Gillingham and will no doubt be giving the manager plenty of eye contact during training this week.

In his weekly press conference Chris Sutton was giving little away but once again pointed to the difficulty of the opening fixtures and observed that it will be no easier on Saturday.

When questioned about formations, Sutton expressed a lack of interest in discussion of team shape preferring to stick to preparation on the training pitch and then trying to apply lessons learned onto the pitch. 

“It’s about working hard, being cohesive as a unit and being hard to break down" said Sutton. The manager also paid tribute to Jamie Clapham and Ian Pearce, in the latter’s case, once again stressing that it was not his original intention to rely on Pearce’s abilities as a player.

Sutton views Crewe as the best footballing side in the division and points to the need to be vigilant in defence, so on this occasion at least manager and supporters are singing from the same hymn sheet.

Pitting his wits against Dario Gradi, one of the most successful and certainly longest serving-managers in the business, Sutton is in for a fascinating tussle.

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Delroy Facey
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