On the other side of every Lincoln City result is an opponent who watched a different game, every time we play well there’s a team who played badly, every referee that lets us down is handing a lifeline to someone.
I didn’t think Swindon Town were all that bad yesterday, a quality midfield was let down by a blunt attack and perhaps a less than solid defence. We did play well for an hour either side of thirty minutes in which they perhaps had the edge. However, the records show 4-1 as our depth ended up paying dividends, as it will so often this season.
Their manager is still blaming a hangover from last season and if I were a Robin, I’d be concerned by that. He cryptically said Lincoln were the best at bringing in players who can kick it or head it, either a thinly veiled attack on our so-called long ball tactics, or a confusing compliment on our recruitment.
“The hangover from last season is still there and I’ve got to do everything I can possibly do to get rid of it,” Brown told the club’s official website. “To do that I’ve got to bring a couple of experienced players that can head it and kick it in this division which Lincoln do with great efficiency, and to great effect – they’re probably the best second ball or restart team in the division. They showed that today.”
In the sticks, former Liverpool player Lawrence Vigouroux thought they were on the wrong side of an even game, a view I know is shared by a very small portion of Imps fans.
“We’re disappointed,” keeper Vigouroux told the same source. “I think we started the second half well and it was a very even game – I just thought if we could have got a goal early on then the game would turn. Unfortunately, we didn’t and as the game went on we pushed forward and they’ve scored two late goals.”
Personally, I suspect we won by a bigger margin than the balance of play suggested, maybe 3-1 or 2-0 would have been fair, but then again out depth from the bench earned us two goals at the end. We weathered the ‘storm’ early doors, but had the referee not given a dubious penalty I think we may have been more comfortable. Granted, Robins’ fans might feel our penalty was also dubious, not the foul but where it started. Almost certainly that was in the referee’s mind just before half time.
The travelling fans weren’t happy, at least not those who took to Twitter after the game. Now, social media is a microcosm of opinion, often magnifying the negative because the positive gets shot down, but those who did express an opinion on Twitter were not happy. Swindon have shipped six goals in two games and, despite scoring four, have bagged just one from open play.
Here’s a selection of their responses.
Here comes the 'we go again'….. Not good enough. Full stop #stfc
— Luke Johnson (@Johnson23Luke) August 11, 2018
Sign a defender I beg
— Lewis Jarvis ❄️🤘🏻 (@LewisJarvis16) August 11, 2018
Employ an average manager; recruit poorly, play disjointed unattractive football, bury head in sand and repeat……The lee power years #stfc
— Neil Dixon (@dickostfc) August 11, 2018
Oh I see they're already rolling out the "we go again" BS. Just give us a half decent squad & get Power to explain to the supporters why the playing budget has been slashed from £2.4m to £1.6m
— STFC Phil (@ChisieWeirdo) August 11, 2018
Please please tell me when this awful rubbish from #STFC will end?
— Robert Marsh (@marsh_rj) August 11, 2018
— Amy Kent (@amyk3nt1) August 11, 2018
That is embarrassing we need some defenders on loan as soon as possible
— Iain MacDonald (@Iainmac1979) August 11, 2018