I’ve been a little quiet this week for a number of reasons. I felt very jaded after the Stevenage draw and felt the best way to avoid those inane conversations about criticism, form and the usual moaning was to write very little.
So that’s what I did.
In doing so we may have missed some pertinent news. If, like me, you’ve been avoiding the internet for fear of getting caught up in a manufactured meltdown, you might find some of the news items below have passed you by.
Dino Maamria hailed his side’s performance as ‘fantastic’ after they drew 2-2 at Sincil Bank last weekend, with the controversial manager happy to take a red card for his late celebrations.
He felt the referee favoured us, despite the missed penalty for John Akinde, and had it been a level playing field his side would have won.
It’s certainly one way to look at the game. I didn’t pass comment on him at the time and I won’t do now, aside from defending his celebration. There’s no way he should have been sent off for that.
The Under 18 side drew 2-2 with Bradford earlier in the week. A brace for Jon Smith, one from the penalty spot, earned them a share of the spoils in the EFL Youth Alliance North East Division. The Imps side was: Matty White; Josh Woodcock, Gianluca Bucci, Duncan Idehen, Ryan Flitton, Jon Smith, Josh Burns (Niall Parsons 83’), Tobias Liversidge; Haydn Tear (Tyler Finlay 75’), Alex Wunham and Elliott Sartorius (Max Gee 56’).
The Imps have advertised for an Irish language tutor to help teach the leaving certificate, which is an Irish qualification similar to our GCSE’s. It’s been hailed as a good move across the Irish Sea, with a couple of media outlets over there praising the move.
It’s clearly aimed at us building a stronger youth academy and being able to attract talent from Ireland. One outlet over there used it as a way of condemning the development on their own shores, whilst another praised the Imps for their forward thinking.
It’s a good step for the club though and another aspect in which we’re moving forward at a fast pace.
Danny Cowley has been praising his opposite number from Morecambe, Jim Bentley, ahead of this weekend’s clash.
Bentley has done a remarkable job keeping them in the Football league, something he seems able to repeat year after year. Danny, always one to give praise where it is due, told yesterday’s press conference that he admired the work Bentley puts in.
“Jim Bentley does a brilliant job year after year. Jim is the longest-serving manager in the Football League, which is a fantastic achievement, but particularly at a club like Morecambe where you have to have a huge amount of resilience.”
“Year on year, he’s managed to keep them in the Football League despite often losing his best players and having to rebuild the team. They do a fantastic job there and we’re full of admiration for the work Jim and his staff do.”