The Stacey West’s Imps’ Starting XI

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I’ve held off from suggesting my own starting XI for this season, it’s been asked for by a few readers but I wanted to ensure the whole summer’s recruitment was done and suited. Bar the odd one or two, that business should now be done and dusted.

The task here is not for me to predict the XI I think Danny will go with, but to offer the set up and team I would like to see against Northampton. There are one or two I strongly suspect I will not get right, especially given who started against Derby U23s yesterday.

There’s no point in me banging on all article, let’s get on with the show, shall we?

To kick us of, I’m going to line up in a 3-4-3. There’s certainly a leaning towards three at the back, as displayed by the win against Scunthorpe and the lack of focus on a reserve right back makes me wonder if someone such as Harry Anderson is being primed for a wing-back role as well as the right side of a three-man attack. I also feel with the players we have right now, a three-man back line suits the squad.

GK: Josh Vickers

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There’s only one pick in goal and that is taking nothing away from Grant Smith, but Josh Vickers has to be the club’s number one.

During his rather brief spell as the chief custodian at City we looked infinitely better than before or after. Farms had a rough ride, but when Josh came in he steadied the ship and perhaps turned a potential 4-1 home defeat against Coventry into a narrow 2-1 loss. Right through our strong run last season he was a solid pair of hands, commanding the area well and acting as a great shot stopper.

I don’t think Ryan Allsop was as good, I think his covering of his area was average compared to Josh. The one weak side to his game is his distribution, but in pre-season it has looked better and if there’s an emphasis on playing shorter passes, Vickers will benefit hugely.



  1. If you are right with this team selection, then I think this will be the first time since our return to the EFL that we will not have any of the National League winning team on the pitch.

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