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Friday, 4 January 2013

Imps keen that decent start doesn’t Ebb away.

With a draw from the home game against Gateshead and a point at Blundell Park at least the Imps are showing signs of recovery. Although two points from a possible six is hardly world beating City will be boosted by the performance at Grimsby particularly after the collapse against them on Boxing Day. Several witnesses were convinced the Imps had a perfectly good goal ruled out too so, every reason to suppose the pre Christmas good form could be resurrected for the trip to Ebbsfleet United.

City are depleted to say the least with Mills, Duffy, Gilbert, Bore and Fofana absent together with long term crock Platt. Adam Smith saw his appeal against his red card received at Grimsby rejected so will start his three match suspension this weekend too.

In addition to the injuries David Morgan has returned to Forest. It’s difficult to make sense of these loans sometimes. Forest are indisputably at a much higher level than City yet Morgan, after a decent-ish start to his time at Lincoln seems to me to be no better than the players we have, maybe he will prove me wrong and I certainly wish him all the best. You might recall that a strong run in the side was abruptly ended by a red card. He never got a look in after that. Balanced against that loss Bradley Barraclough and John Nutter have returned from loan and we have new loan signing Jake Thompson to look forward to seeing after the amusing little episode last week that probably means he will be saddled with the twitter epithet. Let’s hope he ruffles a few feathers anyway in his time with the Imps. Such is the length of the injury list all three could have an involvement in the forthcoming game and if the reports from Gainsborough are true, Barraclough is now free of injury so we might perhaps get a look at what he is about. Certainly the Blues were impressed by what they saw and it’s just a shame that our relationship with the outfit from the Northolme seems to have been soured by the Barraclough loan. Let’s hope that is soon restored as it’s far better to be on good terms with our neighbours.

Other web sites are predicting a return to winning ways for our heroes this weekend, despite the injuries. I see no reason to disagree.

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