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Friday, 4 September 2015

New team. Same old problems.

It’s back to Sincil Bank for the Imps this Saturday and we fans will be hoping to get back to winning ways after the less than productive bank holiday weekend.

That roller coaster win against Macclesfield now seems some distance back in the memory. Whilst we would normally be happy to get a point to the Mariners at home the manner of it, in the lead and playing ten men only to let it slip, is not the stuff of promotion. There, I’ve used the P word but I won’t be doing so again any time soon at this rate.

Worse still, City, despite an almost complete rebuild of the team from last season, seem to be making the same mistakes. Perhaps we expect too much at this level. The manager agrees though:-

"Other teams are stopping us playing, they will grab our shirts and stop our movement," said Chris Moyses.
"In reply, we've been too nice. We need to be more determined and make sure their man doesn't score a goal.
"We will drill it into them by working on it and also make them more accountable, because it is far too easy.
"The lads are sick with the situation and they recognise it is a common problem and we have got to do better.

I thought the whole point of the new beefed up look was to eliminate the nice football, soft centre approach. Lee Beevers agreed:-

"It was very disappointing to lose like we did," the defender told the Echo.
"I felt we had a good amount of possession and at times dominated."In the last couple of weeks it has been the same thing. We haven't conceded much from open play, but we are suffering at set-plays and after restarts.
"We need to go and do a lot of work. You look at these goals and you don't expect us to concede them.
"Whether we are switching off at those key moments, or as a group, we are not doing well enough.
"It was two set-pieces against Gateshead, a throw-in against Grimsby, and set-pieces against Macclesfield. It is the same old story and we just need to put it right.
"You can shout and scream on the pitch to tell people to pick up their men . At the end of the day, you need to be switched on and do your job. We can work on the training ground to knuckle down and go with our man”

It’s Wrexham at the Bank tomorrow and they will present yet another tough test sitting just outside the play off places although you can’t really call them that yet but you know what I mean.

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