The Imps march on with another comprehensive victory. A slightly trickier looking trip to old friends Tranmere Rovers is next on the list. Here are some things to look out for:
1) A tight game
Although this game includes the top scorer in League Two (James Norwood) and the Imps who have notched 2 goals a game on average so far this season; other stats indicate there may be a lack of goals. There hasn’t been much action at Prenton Park in the League this season, with Tranmere having scored just 27% of their total at home so far. However, they’re not porous at home either. League games at Prenton Park average just 1 goal between both teams.
This is further supported by the fact that the Imps are adept at ‘professional’ away performances, getting the job done and coming away with the points without exactly being buccaneering in their approach. Our defensive solidity comes first away from home and this is reflected by the fact that, in the League, we’ve only conceded 29% of our goals against on the road. In fact, the goals conceded figures for the Imps in all competitions, while still being impressive at 1 per game, are skewed by the weaker teams fielded in Cup competitions. In the League, we’re yet to concede more than 1 in a game and average just 0.7 goals against per game.
2) Bruno Andrade
We’re starting to see how special this lad is. Signing a star from non-league doesn’t always pay off (see JMD) but Bruno has adapted very well. A few articles ago I mentioned how I hoped to see him becoming more directly involved in goals and he’s done that, grabbing 2 assists in our last 2 games. He’s now joint 2nd for goal contributions with Green and averages a goal or assist every 189 minutes – a ratio better than 1 every 2 as our average minutes in a game so far is 97. Also, every time he’s scored or set a goal up, we’ve won. This is reflected in his points won from goal contributions, he currently sits joint 2nd with Frecklington in this ranking with his goals and assists directly winning 2 games.
Aside from the raw numbers though, he has that special something that gets fans excited and must strike fear into the opposing full-backs. It could be a long night for whoever is tasked with marking him on Tuesday.
3) Does Frecklington come back in?
The captain is back from his suspension this week and there are certainly arguments for him being selected – not least his 3 goals so far. However, the team is performing well and there are other players who also have strong claims that haven’t been able to break into the current set-up such as Green and Wharton. A midfield trio is a fine balance to strike and O’Connor-Pett-McCartan triangle has been working wonders recently.
What’s working in Freck’s favour though is O’Connor’s age and injury record. Danny has spoken numerous times throughout his time here about some players needing careful management. We now have the squad depth (with quality in abundance) to manage workloads properly and with O’Connor having played all of the last 3 games with Lee suspended, it may be time to give him a rest.