Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley insists the Imps’ trip to Solihull Moors on Tuesday night in the National league will be the most important fixture of the season so far.
Despite the furore of the club reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup after a 3-1 victory over championship side Brighton, and also drawing Premier League side Burnley at Turf Moor in the next round, Cowley is keen to move on from their 3-0 defeat to Barrow in their last National League game.
The 38-year-old, said: “They’re a team in transition, with a new manager, new signings and in a comfortable place in the league.”
“They’re going to be confident after a fantastic season last year in the National League North in such a tough league.
“We’re very respectful of the quality of their players, it’s a really difficult game for us and this is the complete truth, it’s the biggest game of our season.”
While his side have won 18 games from 28 this season, the manager was quick to reiterate that the team needs the fans onside as they travel to Birmingham to take on Solihull.
Cowley, said: “I rarely beg, but I’m going to, we need the people of Lincoln to find their way to Birmingham, but if they’re at the moment indecisive about coming to Solihull, we need them to come.”
“We won’t be able to win on our own. For anyone who’s listening, if you’re considering it, come get behind the boys.”
With the end of January coming to a close, so too does the transfer window. With Lincoln adding 19-year-old Josh Ginnelly on loan from Burnley to their ranks, Danny Cowley is relishing the opportunity to have his attributes at the club and is looking to bring in more talent like him.
“We’re really pleased to have him join us, he had a successful loan spell at Walsall, and that certainly helped his development, thankful to Sean Dyche and his development.”
“Josh has pace, he can play on either side equally as well, but he can also come in and combine using his skill.
“He’s going to be a top, top player. Very rarely at his level do you get pace and product, so he gives us a really good option going forward,” said Cowley of the promising youngster.
On potential transfers into Sincil Bank, Cowley could not be drawn on specifics but he said: “The club have done well financially from the cup run we’ve been on, I’m a manager who’s spent the last 9 years on small budgets, trying to get value for money.”
“It doesn’t work for me to spend more than someone is worth, or the relationship breaks down.”