Rovers v Imps

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Iain Hume
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After our first defeat at Aldershot, can Rovers turn things around against Lincoln's finest? Last season, despite being reduced to ten men around the half-hour mark, they made things difficult and it took a deflected Adam Mekki effort to gain us 3 points. Since then, the Imps have recruited Danny Cowley as manager, his Braintree side were one of the best to visit PP last season and he appears to be assembling a decent squad. Some doubt about whether giant striker Rhead will be fit to resume battle with McNulty, though I suspect smoke and mirrors. After Margetts moved on following a handful of games, only Luke Waterfall has any Rovers link.

It will be interesting to see Brabin's approach after the change in formation for the last game didn't come off. While Maynard is better as a defensive midfielder, get the feeling GB will dig his heels in and select at right-back again. Most likely, we'll revert to the Guiseley formation, with Mekki dropping to the bench.

Prediction. Given things are looking up for the visitors, a few more may travel and that might just push the crowd over 5k, though my instinct is 4.9k. I think this game will be tight and our primary aim must be avoiding defeat and getting back on track.
 
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A win would be a great result even if we hadn't list to Shots. As RLC says, our primary aim must be avoiding defeat. I think the Imps will feel the same way, so a draw looks on the cards. I can't see a goalless game, so I'm predicting 1-1.
 
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I am going to join Ian in being upbeat and believe (hope) we will bounce back and win this one.
We have a good enough squad to be able to beat the Imps and have goal threats from several good players.
Thought we missed the energy and combativeness of Jay Harris last week so hope he plays.

Have to hold my hand up and say did not rate Lois Maynard last season at all but he has been a revelation this season so hope he plays in whatever position .

Last Saturday I saw Stephenson for the first time and on the basis of his brief cameo he looked very lively and capable of making something happen, albeit very raw in some respects (in contrast to Jake who hardly got a kick) Like to see him get a gallop with us hopefully three up with twenty five minutes left.

Won't be at a game until Sutton but hope you all enjoy a good game tomorrow and see us back on track with a good win.
 
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Agree wholeheartedly with Brightonian re Maynard. In his vein of form he's losing his effectiveness at right back.
If he's going to be at RB tomorrow then would like to see Stephenson given a shout.
Think that Jay was unlucky to lose his place but someone had suffer to make way for Mekki (who by all accounts didn't cover himself in glory when his chance came).
Would be bitterly disappointed and surprised if we get beat. We look far more comfortable on our own patch this season.
Macca will look after Rhead!
 
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Alan King, Barry Dyson
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It's worth remembering that Maynard is only just starting his second season as a full-time pro, so you would expect he'd be on this sort of learning curve. I think playing international football, even in the West Indies, will have helped his progress. Stephenson is a year behind Lois, so we need to be patient. I'm more concerned about Mekki. He's been in and out of favour with a number of teams and surely needs a decent run before we can expect him to start to fulfill his potential.
 
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This is a tough game, but one we are well capable of winning. If we are to go up as champions we need to drastically improve our record against the top teams at home and if we fail to get three points we will be on a run of one win in four, which is not good enough. Yes, a draw would not be a disaster at this stage of the season, but three points would give everyone a boost following our minor wobble of the last couple of weeks. Added to which, FGR have Dover and Eastleigh in their next two games and are likely to drop points.

I would opt for a midfield of Maynard, Hughes and Jennings / Harris to give us the solidity we lacked last week, but I agree with Boz that we will probably start with the side that faced Guiseley. Like Brightonian, I was quite impressed with Stephenson at Aldershot and apparently he did well in a behind closed doors match against Everton in midweek. He won't start the game but it would be good to see him get more involved in the next couple of weeks.

With the firepower both teams have I can't see this ending nil-nil, but I fancy us to earn a narrow victory. Lincoln expect to bring up to 500 fans so I am sure we will get our first 5,000 plus gate oft he season.
 
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This is a tough game, but one we are well capable of winning. If we are to go up as champions we need to drastically improve our record against the top teams at home and if we fail to get three points we will be on a run of one win in four, which is not good enough. Yes, a draw would not be a disaster at this stage of the season, but three points would give everyone a boost following our minor wobble of the last couple of weeks. Added to which, FGR have Dover and Eastleigh in their next two games and are likely to drop points.

I would opt for a midfield of Maynard, Hughes and Jennings / Harris to give us the solidity we lacked last week, but I agree with Boz that we will probably start with the side that faced Guiseley. With the firepower both teams have I can't see this ending nil-nil, but I fancy us to earn a narrow victory. Lincoln expect to bring up to 500 fans so I am sure we will get our first 5,000 plus gate oft he season.
I agree with everything you say except I'm not so optimistic about the outcome.
IMO, this is a pivotal game. If we lose, we have stalled temporarily. If we draw, we've steadied the ship. However, if we win we are definitely back on track. I hope you are right and Boz and I are wrong.
 

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Aldo
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I agree with Maynard in midfield where I think he is much more effective. I'd like to see Stephenson more as he also has goals in his arsenal which can take a bit of pressure off Norwood and Cook.

I remember GB saying he wanted goals spread around the team this term.

Just hope we play the ball more on the floor today and do not revert to the usual huffing and puffing we saw last season without much penetration.
 

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Some interesting points about the younger players. I'd put Mekki into that category, unsure if he was full-time at his previous clubs. A lot of positive things in pre-season seem to have been undone by his lack of opportunity initially and then being played out of position last weekend. Certainly when he came on at Southport, Adam seemed a bit out of sorts. On Stephenson, it sounds like he's the potential to be an impact player and his pace should be useful later in a game with legs tiring.
 
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Did you read the article about Stephenson. Seems he needs to come up to speed as regards full time professional versus part-timer. He apparently was used to only training twice a week and has been finding the extra physical effort tiring. Still, he is youngish.
 
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Can't make this one due to the shifts again but after Forrest Green dropped points I'm hopeful of topping the league. A draw will do that, I won't predict any better than that but I'm hopeful of a return to form.
 
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I couldn't make the game so cannot comment on the performance. Was it the usual huff and puff and shots wide of target or was it just bad luck?
 
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A very disappointing result. The game was as tight as most of us expected it to be with very little between the sides, and I think a draw would have been a fair result. Lincoln are a decent team, but when we got our passing game going I thought we looked the better side. However, once again you have to question whether, as the home team, we created enough genuine chances or forced their keeper into enough saves. We simply were not proactive enough to get the victory, or even a point as it transpires.

I did not have any complaints with the starting eleven, with Maynard restored to midfield and Vaughan back in the side. However, the substitutions after we conceded the goal made us worse, not better, and the decision to stick Mekki in centre midfield for the second game running was baffling. He created nothing and the absence of Harris actually left us vulnerable defensively.

We did have a slight hard luck story, as there seemed to be a foul on Norwood in the build up to their goal. It was the one occasion that Rhead managed to get on Hughes rather than McNulty and flick the ball in behind. The loss of Connor Jennings at half time, who had been our best player in the first half, also hurt us. However, we have played two of the promotion contenders in the last week and lost both games, with the tactical decisions of the opposition manager apparently better than those of GB. If we don't pick up results in the next two or three games there is bound to be renewed pressure on the manager.

Taking the positives, I thought Stephenson was lively and made a good impression when he came on. However, we are now back in the pack and have not looked like title contenders in recent games.
 
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There is still a long way to go but I have to say that I cannot see us finishing in first place with Brabin in charge. The same old failings today, too negative, too slow and lack of ideas. This sort of football will turn fans away and if we don't get the results I think Palios will act.