Luke Waterfall on evolving tactics

I’ve been speaking to our Captain Fantastic this week, in preparation for tonight’s match day magazine #UTI. As usual, I’ve got an exclusive taster here on the site of what you can expect in the programme.

Luke, may I just say, is a cracking bloke. He was easy to chat to, down to earth and extremely open. By the end of the conversation, we were chatting off the record like mates, that is how at ease he made me feel. In the programme he discusses the Chelsea U21 game at length and explains consoling Ethan Ampadu at the final whistle.

Luke has had to come back a couple of times at Lincoln, firstly under Chris Moyses when he found himself dropped, then again at the beginning of this season. On both occasions his no-nonsense approach and calm, collected attitude has seen him triumph. Last season the image of him holding the National League trophy in one hand and his child’s hand with the other perhaps symbolised the family ethos running through the club.


When Bozzie plays in midfield he sits deeper of the two, that allows Alex to go and do all his ratting about like he does which he’s fantastic at


We had a chat about tactics and I asked Luke how his game was affected by the midfield set up, either with Bozzie or Alex holding.

“Having two holding midfielders instead of one does alter our game a little. When Bozzie plays in midfield he sits deeper of the two, that allows Alex to go and do all his ratting about like he does which he’s fantastic at, and he knows he’s got Bozzie behind him filling the holes. When Bozzie plays at centre half and it’s Alex and Freck in the middle it is a bit different.”

Like Freck a couple of weeks ago, Luke spoke of the tactics evolving and changing, with Danny and Nicky working on different patterns and approaches.

“We are trying to evolve to be fair to the gaffer and Nick. We’re trying to find different formations for different games especially away from home. The higher up the league we go we’ll need to evolve too. Listen, there’s games where we need to go direct, we’re not going to come away from that because we’re good at it. We go quickly to Rheady but then we like to play in the opposition’s half. We are trying to evolve, especially with the different players Dan and Nick have brought in. We must have different game plans for different games.”

Please, do make sure you buy a copy of the programme this evening to read the exclusive interview with a thoroughly genuine and down to earth footballer.

In tonight’s interview, Luke talks of his friendship with Callum Howe

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