As predicted it was a desperately poor showing of Imps fans, just 1722 home supporters in the ground as Luton embarrassed us with a healthy 327 on a cold night at Sincil Bank, just pushing the gate over 2000. The irony is home form has been decent over the last couple of games and if people can’t turn out for the likes of Luton Town you do wonder when the enthusiasm is going to return.
Having said the above these are thin times and for much of this game it did look as if recent home points gathering was going to grind to a halt after Luton somehow got the ball into the net courtesy of Danny Crow and proceeded to deny City an equaliser as our heroes laboured in vain with an ineffectual attack which just could not seem to be able to hold on to the ball long enough to score.
It was all change at half time as the struggling Kyle Perry failed to reappear for the second half, replaced by the lively Francis Laurent and finally things started to happen for the home team and it was a deserved goal when it came as Richard Hinds headed in Conal Platt’s cross. Could City go on to win? Well it certainly looked as if they might as referee Richard Clark dished out card after card and as night followed day Lawless saw red or rather two yellows although it was a surprise it was not Hand as his discipline was all over the place. In any event he duly obliged as the game came to an end and Luton finished with nine players. Strangely it wasn’t that sort of game but the two Luton players really gave the ref no option with some stupid fouls.
All in all a satisfactory night although we were, of course hoping for a win but to come back the way they did and bearing in mind the quality of the opposition we can’t be too disappointed with a point that raises City one place up the table. If only the home form could be replicated away City could still have a decent season but it is far too late to think in terms of any prizes. For now survival is the more pressing concern.
Of particular note, Gowling is now playing really well and thoroughly deserved his man of the match accolade; he’s dovetailing with Richard Hinds in the centre of defence which looked solid apart from that car crash of a goal. Alan Power and Simon Russell also providing plenty of exciting play although Russell was replaced by Jamie Taylor on 58 minutes, Taylor having a spirited time getting amongst the Hatters.
All in all, well worth turning out on a cold December night, hint hint.