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Sunday, 11 November 2018

City progress to the second round of the cup. Danny not happy.

About two and a half thousand people who presumably sat through the turgid stalemates against Cambridge and Carlisle decided to give this one a miss. More fool them. What they missed was a rip roaring cup tie that had everything.

Despite the warnings from the management about depleted troops, walking wounded etc City put out a strong side and at two nil, with two wonderfully well worked goals the Imps appeared to be coasting towards the next round and with it £36000 of prize money.

That situation wasn’t to last long. Just as we were congratulating ourselves on not only hanging on to a lead but adding to it Northampton Town not only pegged City back but scored again to equalise. City slick in the first half, in fact everything they weren’t against Forest Green Rovers, had added to their lead in the second and then started to unravel. Cobblers fans suddenly found their voices with the inevitable two nil and you, well you know what comes next.

Just when it looked like a replay was on the cards and in injury time Bruno Andrade atoned for his error that led to Northamptons second and blasted the winner from range. Cue the sort of pandemonium that we’re starting to get used to. City were through.

After the game Danny Cowley was the only one expressing displeasure. Not as much as if the Imps had to go through a replay but decidedly downbeat.You get the feeling, when were all watching the goals again next week the inquest in the City camp will be totally at odds to the elation we feel. Three fabulous goals, a titanic battle where neither side knew who’s going to win and an injury time winner.

Danny, professional as ever is more concerned at the goals conceded, as well he might. It was a cup tie after all though and they can be totally different games to the league version but good teams defend from the front and yesterday City didn’t. For all that though City have beaten a very good team in Northampton. They may languish in the wrong half of the table but that is the result of a poor start under a different manager. They won’t be there come the end of the season I’m sure of that.

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