Imps look to drive on despite straight defeats


The Imps will be looking to secure a double over opponents Chesterfield when they travel to Saltergate on Saturday. Photo: Lincoln City F.C.

After a 2-0 defeat away to Hereford at Edgar Street on Tuesday night Lincoln will be looking to secure three points away to Chesterfield this weekend.

Imps’ manager Chris Sutton was left dissatisfied when his side lost their second consecutive match inside ten days.

Sutton told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: “First and foremost, I don’t think we played well enough to get anything out of the game. I wouldn’t say Hereford thoroughly deserved the victory, but we have to do better.”

Before the defeat to Burton Albion over a week ago the Imps’ had not lost a league game in 2010, winning three straight games. This form had seen City progress up the table, moving further away from the relegation zone. Yet after the recent defeats Lincoln occupy 20th position in the League Two table eight points clear of struggling Grimsby Town, who are 23rd.

Chesterfield, who have been consistently strong all season and have ambitions of a promotion to League One, are currently 7th in the League Two table.

The Spireites’ last match was away against Morecambe where they won 1-0, with the only goal of the game coming from striker Martin Gritton.

Chesterfield manager John Sheridan has been active in the recent transfer window securing both Adam Rundle and Danny Boshell on season long deals. Defender TJ Moncur has made his stay at Saltergate a permanent one after a successful trial period. The right back became a free agent in October after former club Wycombe Wanderers released him.

Attacker Rundle no doubt will be welcomed by the Chesterfield fans, his partnership with Chris Dagnall in the Rochdale frontline was always feared by various League Two defences.

Midfielder Boshell, like Rundle, signed a contract at Saltergate until the end of the season after being let go by relegation candidates Grimsby Town. Boshell who has claimed the number 10 shirt is likely to be in the team that will face City on Saturday.

It is quite likely that the Imps will yet again be without loan player Chris Herd, who is still out of action with an injury. Both Adam Watts and Nathan Baker are both doubtful after they picked up knocks in Tuesday night’s defeat against Hereford.

Lincoln now only have two fit centre backs in Mose Swaibu and Danny Hone, the limited selection comes as a result of Janos Kovacs’ departure to Luton last month.

Sutton, as well as hoping for three points on Saturday, will also be praying that the players do not pick up any more injuries as his team face the daunting prospect of playing eight games inside 25 days this month.

Lincoln City and Chesterfield met on Boxing Day with the Imps coming out on top at Sincil Bank with 2-1 thanks to goals from Delroy Facey and Cian Hughton, both possibilities for selection on Saturday.

A win for Lincoln on Saturday could see them rise three places to 17th in the league, but a loss may leave City dumped back into the survival scrap as the season enters the final straight.

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