Conditions play a key role in the Skrill Premier says Simpson

Ahead of Lincoln City’s double header at home to Braintree then away to the same opposition on Tuesday, Gary Simpson spoke about the need to manage to the conditions. 

Gary Simpson. Photo: Paul Battison
Gary Simpson looking ahead to a double-header against Braintree

Speaking about the home defeat to Welling and in anticipation of the upcoming fixtures, Gary Simpson said: “We thought our pitch looked okay the other night but it suited Welling better than it did us.”

“At this stage of the season, conditions do play a part, especially at this level.”

Braintree are currently in the middle of a fixture back log and their game against The Imps comes 48 hours after their game at Forest Green Rovers but Simpson has warned against overestimating their tiredness.

He said: “They’ve had that many games called off so they’ll be fresh because they haven’t been playing games.

Striker Kris Bright made his debut for Lincoln on Tuesday and opened his account for the club within the first 5 minutes, which could be the start of a good partnership with The Imps leading goalscorer Ben Tomlinson.

However, with Tomlinson one yellow card away from a suspension, Simpson was asked whether he should pick and choose the games Tomlinson’s plays to avoid him getting another yellow.

In response to this Simpson said, “You’ve just got to let him go. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.”

“A hell a lot of his bookings have been stupid but then again some his bookings have been because of him.”

Lincoln take on Braintree on Saturday at Sincil Bank.

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