Lincoln City Head Coach, Mark Kennedy, spoke with the media on Thursday afternoon, discussing promotion-chasing Ipswich, alongside injuries, and the rise of Ben House this season.

Kennedy recognised that the hosts are “100% favourites” going into the game on Saturday, yet still has confidence in his players in getting a result, saying that the Imps head to Portman Road with the “sole purpose of getting as many points as possible”.

The City manager mentioned the tough assignment that his players have against a strong side. As well as battling against strong home support too. However, he said: “every game is different and you always look for marginal gains.”

With regards to team news, Teddy Bishop remains sidelined due to injury, but Kennedy did provide good news on the Englishman, saying that he is “on track and in a good place”.

Another player who is making progress is defender Lewis Montsma, following a lengthy time out due to a cruciate ligament injury, suffered in January earlier this year with the defender on track too.

The Imps’ manager was then asked about the rise of Ben House, and Kennedy was full of praise for the attacker. Whilst recognising there are “little things to help him with” but admitted that House “had come a long way.”

When House was spoken to about his performances, Kennedy’s words were echoed. With House saying he “wants to be the best version of myself.”

He continued to say that he needs to be more physical when playing in League One, as he continues to adapt from the National League. The attacker has now scored 3 goals this season as he continues to get minutes.

As of Thursday morning, just over 600 away tickets have been sold and Kennedy recognises that they will all play a huge role on Saturday, as the fans are a “huge part of what we are”.

The Imps travel to Portman Road facing second placed Ipswich on Saturday with Kick-off at 15:00.