This isn’t the full article. I’m out for a meal tonight and haven’t got time to do the full write-up for you until the morning, but I had to commit something to the site this evening.
Danny said enjoy it and you know what? I enjoyed that. I enjoyed it because we never looked like losing, I enjoyed it because we won the tough game while our rivals all won too. I enjoyed it because it answered a lot of the critics.
This evening I feel something has been lifted again. That gloom that exudes from some, the expectation that had been pressing down has surely been taken away to a degree. There was a fear, was there not? Struggling to get wins at home mean that a certain mindset kicks in; we’re not good enough for promotion.
I’ve tipped up Bury to win the league, worrying that we might not get the right results, but this afternoon puts a middle finger up to all that. Forest Green have a £1m striker up front (apparently). They’ve got quality, real quality, but would you know it from today? No. You know why? Because we are the best side without the ball and we’re not bad with it either.
I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I did say this was a winnable game. I didn’t think we’d start with Akinde and Rhead, but I certainly saw reason to do so. Once Forest Green had run out of ideas, seven minutes into the game, we just took over.
To anyone who says that we’ve not played like champions this season: we have now.
I thought the 1-1 draw with Northampton had helped galvanise the supporters and club again, but this has done more. This has sent a message to Mansfield fans who think we’re going to bottle this. It’s sent a message to Bury who have been the in form side since October. It’s delivered a warning to MK Dons, still seven points behind. We’re Lincoln City. We’re unbeaten since Boxing Day and we might have stumbled a bit, but we’re still the team to catch.
I heard it said away games against Bury, FGR, Mansfield and MK Dons would decide our fate. We’ve got four from six now, big points against big teams (and Forest Green) in the big games.
This is a short article, maybe even a bit of a gloating one, but only because we’re all quick to point out the negatives. I said we were below average Tuesday and we were, but that performance this afternoon was how a table-topping side play. To anyone who says that we’ve not played like champions this season; we have now.
We’re still top, three points clear and thanks to our record signing, cool from the spot and a handful in open play, we’re on course for League One football next season.
I’m delighted for John Akinde. I’m delighted for Danny Cowley. I’m delighted for all the fans who believe. I’m delighted for me too. This is how supporting a football club should feel.
“Ooh-wooh, we’ve got John Akinde….”