Steve Tilson calls for more of the same from his new troops

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There were a good few happy Imps travelling north on Saturday evening after the double fight back against Wycombe Wanderers but, as they say, tomorrow is another day and now City must face Northampton Town at Sincil Bank tonight.

This time though supporters may be forgiven for having a little more optimism as the Steve Tilson revolution starts to gather pace. Certainly, anyone who was at Adams Park on Saturday will have been impressed with Lincoln's fighting spirit having come from behind not once but twice and from a goal in the first minute to boot.

The new boys will now have had a few training sessions behind them to start the bonding process, Gavin Hoyte did particularly well considering he barely had time to shake hands with his new teammates before kick off, he gave an assured performance in defence.

In fact, after a slightly shaky first half the Imps finished the game in a manner that belied their lowly league position and it is to be hoped that they can continue in the same vein at home. A decent crowd can be anticipated, particularly as entry can be gained for £5 with a voucher from the local paper. This is usually a competitive fixture and hopefully a good few Town supporters will make the trip.

Tilson gave his views on the upcoming fixture on Monday but was firstly asked about Delroy Facey who, if hints and rumour can be believed is not exactly in his manager’s good books.

But Tilson refused to criticise the forward and merely stated he was pleased to have Facey back on board following international duty and that he will be keeping a careful eye on the international fixture list when the Grenadian is next away, to ensure that he reports for duty at the appropriate time. 

Tilson watched Northampton play at Ipswich and felt they were a very good footballing side, contrary to their reputation as a physical team.

The manager confirmed a clean bill of health for the squad, apart from Paul Green who is a long term absentee. He was pleased that the team ended the Wycombe game on a high and refused to be drawn on other teams results and performances insisting it is about what Lincoln do that is of paramount importance but he also expressed the hope that City could record a win as soon as possible.

“It’s about what we do, if we do our job right then we haven’t got to worry about anyone else," he said. “The pleasing thing is we ended the last game on a high, we’ve got to take that forward, start like that, as we finished the game on Saturday. If we do that we’ll be alright.”

Next weekend brings a break from league action for players and fans with the FA Cup, traditionally a very slippery banana skin for the Imps to watch out for, so a home win would send the team in to the cup in just the right frame of mind.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.


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