This article, on Vitals now has produced a sprited response. I originally entitled it "Hold still David, just want to tie your hands behind your back."
I never thought the article was that controversial but it seems to have either struck a chord or a nerve whichever way you look at it. You can see the comments on Vitals, the article is here:-
A few days ago and just into his managerial reign David Holdsworth said:-
“It’s a big task and obviously we want to quickly arrest the results and certainly change the mindset of the players. I want to give the people of the club and the city something to cheer about and get a few smiles back on their faces.
“Confidence is the key and I hope the players can gain that by working hard on the training ground. Plus a change of standards and improvement in certain areas because we’ve had too many losses and we can’t afford to continue in that vein”
Holdsworth went on to specifically warn, with the small squad City have, against rash on field behaviour and the need to have as many of the players available for selection which means discipline on the pitch and not too many players on the treatment table.
The manager must have had those words ringing in his ears when Joe Anyon, arguably City’s best performer this season, conspired to get himself sent off at Alfreton not only contributing to the lead being wiped out by the resulting penalty but now depriving the manager of his services for three matches as the first choice keeper received the usual ban for his misdemeanour. Not only that but with Nick Draper ill and Doug Lindberg injured the Imps could go into tonight’s game with an outfield player in goal unless Holdsworth can persuade the powers that be that City’s plight merits a relaxation of the rule that states any player selected for the replay must have been able to play in the original tie, ie a loan is not allowed.
Welcome to the wacky world of Lincoln City David, where if bad play doesn’t upend you, bad luck will. Talking of wacky worlds, the Stacey West Stand, home of some of City’s most passionate, fervent and vocal fans will be closed for tonights game. You couldn’t make it up.