Simpson: We must repay supporters after Ferriby nightmare

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson says his side owe their fans ahead of their match with Braintree Town.

Gary Simpson was furious after the 4-0 at home to North Ferriby on Saturday. Photo: Paul Battison

The Imps go into the match on the back of a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of North Ferriby United in the FA Trophy and Simpson admitted he was angry about the defeat.

He said: “I left them [the players] alone on Monday to be honest because I think I might have blown my top even more.

“There’s games that you remember in your career and I’ve had one or two that I remember for good reasons and one or two for bad and that was certainly up there with one of the worst performances that I’ve been associated with.”

“It was the manner of it, how it occurred and we gave them three sloppy goals. Also, we lost individual battles against opponents and that is unacceptable. I’ll accept that people might be better than us, but I’ll not accept that people can work a lot harder than us, it was very hard to take and one or two have got things to prove in the coming weeks,” he added.

The Imps manager admitted he was looking to complete some loan deals soon, but would have to wait for a response for the clubs he was negotiating with.

He remained tight-lipped on the names of players and teams involved, but added that any deals need to be negotiated carefully so as not to deplete their squad.

He explained that he will choose his team for Saturday’s match with Braintree based on the condition of the pitch at the Amlin Stadium.

“We won’t pick a team until we get down there and look at the pitch. We’ll do it according to that and not necessarily based on who are the better players,” he continued.

Striker Conner Robinson added that the team must bounce back on Saturday following last week’s humiliation.

“Training’s gone well this week, obviously everyone’s looking to turn things around and show the fans what we’re all about. I have no doubt we can get ourselves back on track,” he said.

The match between the Imps and Braintree kicks off at three o’clock on Saturday, January 18th.

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