Andrew Abbott's Blog

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Can we play you every week?

Here is todays reaction to last nights game, now on Vitals.

Stags fans turn out in numbers – unlike Imps.

It’s perhaps a measure of the relative seasons Lincoln City and Mansfield Town are experiencing that lead to Stags fans making up almost a third of the crowd last night at Sincil Bank. You’d think that the return of this local fixture might fire up Impish enthusiasm but then again perhaps not as City fans preferred champions league on the telly to live action. On a cold night there was plenty of that with saves, great saves even, from Joe Anyon who even got into the stats with an assist (well he said it was) to get Gavin McCallum on his way for a very well taken opener, the ball walloped out from near the touchline, helped on by a defender for Gav to volley in.

As night follows day Mansfield got what most Imps would concede a deserved equaliser in the dying minutes with Paul Connor having a big part in it, no doubt he was pleased to be able to show the Sincil Bank faithful what he could do. There was a record broken too as at 16 years and 71days Jordan Thomas became the youngest player to appear for City’s first team. Fans might have been happier to wait for that debut in favour of a defender though, Danny Hone was on the bench, as no sooner had the youngster been welcomed onto the pitch than Connor put a good ball over from the left for Matt Green to score. That and Friday night’s substitution won’t look very good on the CV Grant! That having said four points from three games is hardly catastrophic and the stand in manager has been able to keep things ticking over for the new man whoever that may be. Mind you the caretaker will do well to keep up the momentum with an away trip to Cambridge looming this Friday.

Whether the new boss will be in the stands at Cambridge “in place if not in charge” to quote Bob Dorrian we don’t know but it would seem whilst Grant Brown does have it in him to be a manager perhaps now is not the time although there are plenty of Imps ready to champion the former defender. The club have said that an experienced manager will be chosen. Hang on though – they said that before Chris Sutton was appointed didn’t they?

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