We’re delighted to have a somewhat illustrious guest on the blog this week, Luke Saunders from the excellent D3D4 podcast has agreed to be our fan in focus, answering seven questions about the Robins.
1. You were the first team in the division to get rid of the manager, good decision?
Yes, the club needed fresh impetus and new ideas. Gary Johnson is a legend for winning the National League but his EFL record wasn’t quite up to standard. Michael Duff is now slowly making his mark with a very big squad.
2. How do you feel the season has started and what are your hopes going forward?
It was a very slow start as the squad was far too thin and lacking quality until late on in the transfer window – now it’s too big. But they are starting to gel now. A mid-table finish is probably the best we can do until Duff can get his own squad together. Addressing home form is a must – unfortunately that task doesn’t get easier with the leaders visiting this weekend!
3. Mo Eisa will be a Premier League player- discuss
It hasn’t quite happened for Mo in the Championship with injuries etc. There’s no doubt when he gets a run in the team he will start bagging goals in the second tier. He is a natural goal scorer. May be a little lightweight at the moment but former Bristol City striker Bobby Reid showed size doesn’t matter and now he’s in the prem! It may take one or two years for Mo but why not.
4. Which player would you mark out as the real dangerman for city to keep an eye on this weekend?
Jacob Maddox can make things happen (he played at Sincil Bank for Chelsea U21’s last year) but Ryan Broom has the ability to beat a man too. Those two are the definitive creative sparks. Flinders has been superb in goal, I expect him to have a very busy afternoon!
5. What are your honest perceptions of the Imps, as a club as well as on the field?
Lincoln are my favourite club in the division that aren’t Cheltenham. On the pitch they are attritional and have a winning mentality inspired by Danny Cowley that shows no sign of stopping. They will go up this season for sure. I believe CTFC missed a trick when promoted out of non-league with getting the crowds up. The fan engagement is excellent at Sincil Bank and I love the atmosphere generated by the 617 squadron. Firm believer every club should follow suit. When visiting with CTFC media last season the welcome and hospitality was superb. In short, Lincoln do things right.
6. Who is your all-time Cheltenham hero and why?
I’m going to say Michael Duff as he is the club’s finest ever youth product and now manager. Born winner who can bring freshness to the club.
7. Finally, what can Lincoln fans expect to see this weekend, in terms of style and approach?
CTFC will most likely be very direct using Tyrone Barnett to play off. Often play either a 4-4-2 or narrower version.
We have a huge squad and are still awaiting a couple of key players to return from injury including former Imp Sean Long and Chris Hussey as full-backs.