Monday, 17 August 2015
Spitfires forced to make an unscheduled stop.
It rather looked as if City might have exceeded my expectations on Saturday as they led Eastleigh for some considerable time. The home side were able to peg the Imps back but nevertheless City came away with a point which is more than anyone else has done this season.
David Preece told the Echo the Imps are a better proposition this season, measured against their previous performances against the money bags Spitfires:-
"If you compare the two seasons, we were a bit ragged at times in past games against Eastleigh," said the goalkeeping coach. "It was in those matches that Eastleigh's own experience told – especially in the game at home at the end of last season.
"They were a very experienced side, it was more that than any brilliant football they outplayed us by. Because of the experience we brought in over the summer, we nullified that advantage. We look a lot more solid this time. We were more disciplined than we haven't been in the past and it is why we feel disappointed we haven't won the game.
"We have had young sides in the past couple of seasons,
we haven't had the senior players in there. You do get that inconsistency as a result. What you need is to get results in games when you aren't playing well and knowing what to do to stop the other side. On Saturday, though, it was a great attacking performance and we certainly had plenty of chances to win the game.
"There is a lot of expectations on Eastleigh. There is no getting away from that as they have a big budget. It doesn't make a difference at the end of the day. We got our side together for the budget that we have got and we believe in them as much as we do if we had more than £2m to spend. It has to be like that. The manager has done really well with his recruitment and we can see the influence the experienced players are bringing to the squad."
Ah, that budget thing, I do hope were not going to get this week after week but you can’t deny that there are some sides in the division that have the upper hand when it comes to finances and we just have to get on with it. In any event, City will have a considerable advantage over many if they can maintain their impressive start and the fans start to return to Sincil Bank.
One opportunity to do just that presents itself tomorrow evening for the visit of Macclesfield. I’ll be there. Will you?