Moyses praises Imps spirit after overdue win

Lincoln City manager Chris Moyses has praised the spirit and hard work of his side following last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Dover.

The Imps had been on a bad run of form, having lost five of the last six games, scoring just one goal, a run which has seen the club fall away from the play-off race.

“We were pleased,” said Moyses. “Last two home performances were disappointing and we didn’t really know why.”

Chris Moyses speaks to the press ahead of Saturday's match vs Welling

Chris Moyses speaks to the press ahead of Saturday’s match vs Welling

“We just knew that things had fallen flat and we wanted to change things around, do it a little different.”

“Last week in training they were different class, this week they have been great and I’m real pleased for the players.”

“They are a honest bunch, there’s no cheaters. They work as hard as they can and it was great that we got a victory on the road as well.”

Moyses changed the shape of the side for the trip to Dover, with Ben Tomlinson and Delano Sam-Yorke starting as a strike partnership, something which helped end the Imps barren run in front of goal.

“It’s something we did a little bit of work on last week and it allowed a bit of movement forward, we got more men quickly which was what we worked on.”

The victory leaves the club stranded in mid-table as they host Welling on Saturday and although Moyses insists they have a slim chance of the play-offs, they have turned some of their focus onto next season.

“I’ve got to look at what I need,” said Moyses. “We want a certain type of player next season. We are looking for a more robust character for when things aren’t quite going right.

“It’s quite clear that the teams who get out of this league are full of big, uncompromising personnel and that is what we are looking for.”

Moyses also said he needs to give youth a chance to prove what they can do looking ahead of pushing forward next term.

“I certainly want to look at Keegan (Everington), I want to look at Simmo (Alex Simmons) and Elliott Hodge if fixtures allow.”

“We’ve seen enough of them in games and in training. They do hold their own and they’re good.

“Certainly the three we have got with us at the moment have been excellent in training and they will probably be offered a new year.”

In terms of team news ahead of Welling, Jon Nolan is a doubt with hamstring injury and he will join Tony Diagne on the side-lines although Moyses remains confident he will feature before the end of the season.

Tyrell Waite is another who will not feature having left the club this week, moving to further his career in Sweden.

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