Big match preview: Imps v Accrington Stanley

Lincoln City will be looking to end a run of five games without a win as they host Accrington Stanley tonight. Photo: Lincoln City Football Club

Lincoln City will look to end a winless run of five league matches as they host Accrington Stanley at Sincil Bank on Tuesday night (kick off 7-45pm)

Imps manager Chris Sutton has been boosted with the arrival of two loan signings as they look to steer themselves away from the League Two relegation zone. Experienced striker Drewe Broughton has penned a one-month loan deal, while Matthew Saunders returns to Sincil Bank from Fulham on a similar loan deal.

Broughton signs from League Two rivals Rotherham United, who beat City 2-1 in an action-packed encounter at the weekend. Meanwhile Saunders, signed for Lincoln on a loan deal in January, before returning to his parent club following an injury which cut short his loan spell.

Broughton will add vital experience to the Lincoln City frontline following the end of Delroy Facey’s loan last week. The 31-year-old is no stranger to the lower echelons of the Football League, having played for 16 clubs before signing for Lincoln. Michael Saunders, back from Fulham, was impressive in his three games for the Imps in January, and his arrival will bolster Sutton’s midfield. Both should be available for Tuesday’s encounter.

City will look to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Rotherham, as they host mid-table Accrington Stanley. Goals from Adam Le Fondre (penalty) and a Gary Roberts strike put the Millers 2-1 up, before Rangers loanee Steven Lennon pulled a goal back for the Imps. City had to play 75 minutes with just ten men following the sending off of centre-half Moses Swaibu, who is suspended for tonight’s game.

Paul Green will again miss out due to a groin injury, whilst both Ian Pearce and Michael Gordon are struggling with illness. England Under-19 international defender Nathan Baker, who has missed the last three games through injury, may make his return.

Stanley have had an impressive season to date, sitting just three points outside of the League Two play-off places. Stanley’s form has been stuttering of late, losing to Northampton Town and recording a goalless draw at Macclesfield Town on Saturday. Leam Richardson looks set to miss out on the game with a groin injury whilst Luke Joyce is struggling with a dead leg.

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