It’s crunch time at Sincil Bank

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Barnet are the visitors to Sincil Bank this weekend and whilst it would be far too premature to think of this game as a make or break moment, a win would go a long way to dispel the fear that is starting to creep into a lot of supporters’ minds.

For those unfamiliar with the goings on at Lincoln City, they were the first club to be automatically relegated from the league, only to bounce back at the first time of asking, a feat that few fans would be expecting if that particular nightmare should come true again.

With this in mind, Imps fans could perhaps be forgiven if they seem to be unduly panic stricken at the prospect of a lowly league position, even at this early stage of the season.

Manager Chris Sutton, speaking to BBC Lincolnshire, whilst praising Mustapha Carayol for his candour in admitting he did not perform well at Chesterfield said: “We’re looking for a big reaction on Saturday, we’ve got a run of games where I’m expecting us to pick up a good few points.”

Sutton expressed regret at losing in-form Albert Jarrett, unusually for a League Two side, on international duty, but refused to complain and looked forward to the player being available for the forthcoming game: "In terms of this level he’s very creative, we’re pleased to have him back.”

Indications from the club earlier in the week were that Andy Hutchinson is extremely doubtful for Saturday after picking up a foot injury in the Reserve game on Tuesday evening.

Sutton confirmed: “Andy Hutchinson is a major doubt which is disappointing, because I’ve been really pleased with him.”

Gavin McCallum may be fit and Drewe Broughton could be available for selection. Hutchinson will be cursing his luck having just broken in to first team contention. Asked about the clash with Barnet, the Imps boss pointed to the fact that the Bees had won last weekend: “These games, they’re 50/50. We have to perform, we didn’t perform last week."

Quizzed about his hopes for the future a philosophical Sutton said: “It’s like anything, I’m here to do well, myself and Ian (Pearce) we’re hungry to do well, were giving it our all.

“It’s brutal at times, football, the beauty of it is, you lose a game you can put it right on the Tuesday or the Saturday. We don’t want to be mediocre”

City’s success starved supporters will be hoping the Imps can rise above mediocrity and inflict another dent in Barnet’s hopes for this season.

Manager Sutton has reiterated his desire to coach at a higher level, and Imps fans would not deny him that ambition should he do a good job with the club.

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