Thanks to first-time blogger Arthur Graves for today’s preview. Arthur is a young Imps fan with a desire to get his knowledge and opinion across. As I try to support younger writers we’ll hopefully see more of Arthur over the coming weeks.
With the games coming thick and fast, Lincoln face the 274 mile round trip to the Colchester Community Stadium to face Colchester United. They are fresh from a 0-0 draw at home to Morecambe on Saturday, with Lincoln losing their first game in four in the league with a 2-1 defeat at home to Coventry.
The big question is: can the Imps return back to winnings after Saturday’s result which saw Jodi Jones inspire Coventry to victory? Danny Cowley struggled to find the right balance between defence and attack which saw Lincoln too open in midfield. That meant the Sky Blues could use the counter attack effectively, which is where both goals came from.
One of the talking points from the 2-1 defeat was Michael Bostwick (pictured top) limping off with a hamstring injury right at the death. Will the Cowley’s revert to the style they played against Crewe where they won 4-1? Elliott Whitehouse covered over 12km which was more than any other player and also a record for any match this season. Will he partner Alex Woodyard, two completely different players in terms what they bring to the team and what roles they play in Lincoln’s midfield? Alex, who can cover the ground in the middle of the park, has shown his most effective role this season to be that of the holding midfielder who sits and protects the back two centre halves. Elliott would cover the ground behind the front players and have the license to roam forward and be the playmaker in the holding two.
Due to Bostwick’s injury we may see Knott being recalled back to the side to play his most effective role, the number 10, to give the creative spark to the Imps offensive play. Onto the wide players, will Nathan keep his place in the side after a good performance showing his strength in attack and good defensive side to his game? Or, with his lack of match sharpness, will it be a bench role for him in Essex?
Danny has a further selection headache out wide Cameron Stewart coming off the bench on Saturday. He showed a desire to get at players, so tactical changes to the system could allow players to get forward and support the lone striker, meaning a faster transition and allowing one of the two holding players to roam forward.
Up front, will Green keep his place after struggling to get into the game against Coventry? It was a solid defensive display from the men in Sky Blue, another player who struggled to make an impact was Anderson, but he is one who can produce something from nothing so it is likely he will keep his place.
So can the imps return to winnings ways on their long Tuesday night journey to Essex?