Business End of the Season Begins!
Posted by chris_saxon on January 14 2008 22:05:19
How many of you thought that Lincoln City would finish in the top seven again this season? Come on own up? I did after they seem to have been involved in more play-offs than Newcastle have had managers!
A mate of mine, who incidentally lives in Leicestershire has supported the Imps, his hometown club all his life (as well as following Liverpool, but we’ll not go into that!) and he predicted that they’d struggle this time around and he’s been proved right so far.
An ageing team and a manager who was finding it difficult to lift the players and early on they looked as though they would be suffering the dreaded drop into the Conference, unthinkable after all those play-off near misses.
Enter a Fairy Godfather, Peter Jackson, former Huddersfield boss and a dab hand at bringing out the best in average players. Since his appointment the club have gradually crept up the league and away from the danger zone. Last weekend they beat form side Rochdale at Spotland 2-0 and that makes them difficult opponents given what Dale did to us at Millmoor recently.
They’ve also thrashed Barnet another side we struggled against so despite their lowly league position, the Imps command respect. Unfortunately, star man Lee Frecklington should be playing against us, we had hoped that he’d been off to Peterborough United, who have since had two bids turned down for him. It appears that the midfield man wants to play in a higher division and the club hope to hold on to him, at least for a bit longer so I suppose that going to the Posh hardly constitutes a rise in playing standards.
After our recent marvellous form, we were all a bit deflated after last weekend. That home defeat by M K Franchise needs to be put to bed and soon and another massive travelling support is expected to assemble at Sincil Bank at the weekend convinced that promotion is still on the cards.
A successful first half of the season needs to keep going as we now reach the business end of the campaign. If we are to gain automatic elevation, winning at places such as Lincoln is a must. Darlington thrashed them out of sight 4-0 there a few weeks back and Shrewsbury have done the same and by the same score earlier in this season of woe if you follow the Imps.
Ian Ross has made his loan permanent and should be all fired up and raring to go. According to reports Mark Robins does not expect to bring anyone else in during this transfer window, a shame as I feel that we are still a striker short of being a really good team.
Let’s hope Holmes and Co can prove me wrong in the next few weeks starting down the A57 at the weekend. In recent games, we’ve often dominated opposition but lacked the ability to put away the chances.
Having said that I’m not complaining too loudly at least for now. Let’s get back on track against a team in the doldrums. Here’s to a win and some really big smiling faces returning to South Yorkshire on Saturday evening.