Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has admitted he regrets some of his tactical decisions he made in the Imps’ 0-0 draw with Solihull Moors on Tuesday evening.
Cowley was speaking ahead of Saturday’s key match against Barrow, as his side look to continue their stay at the top of the table.
Looking back at City’s draw on Tuesday night, Cowley said: “We’re still frustrated with a bit of disappointment. We didn’t get it right and we have to be big enough to accept that.”
“Whenever we are disappointed, I always look at myself first and I didn’t get the team selection right.
“We didn’t have enough penetration in the first half, and I didn’t get the subs right in the second. I could’ve been braver with the substitutes and I have to take responsibility as manager.
“When they went down to 10, we needed to make the pitch big, move it quicker but we didn’t manage to do those things, we didn’t deserve to win the game.”
Despite the draw, the Imps earned their fourth clean sheet for the season, and Cowley was quick to to praise his players after being impressed by their dedication to his training programmes.
“I have to be fair the players, the training and the programme over recent weeks has been about defending and how we set up without the ball,” Cowley said.
“We’ve kept four clean sheets in the last six games, and considering we only kept seven last season, you have to give credit to the players.
The Imps are now preparing to face seventh-placed Barrow on Saturday, and with a fully-fit squad, Cowley and his side will be looking to extend their six game unbeaten run.
Cowley said: “Barrow will be a different challenge to Solihull, they’re a really good team and they finished last season very strongly.”
“They’ve made some really good signings and improved their team, we’re under no illusions it’ll be a tough game.
“They’re an ambitious team, so we’ll work hard over the next few days to set up against that; to stop their strengths and exploit their weaknesses.”