Imps midfielder Michael O’Connor has acknowledged the club’s home form hasn’t been great in recent weeks, but believes that they’re going to put that right over the coming matches.
The Imps are undefeated since Boxing Day and have lost just one match at home all season, but a series of draws have left the chasing clubs within touching distance.
Excellent away from has seen us take six points from six on the road, including the superb 2-1 victory this weekend against Forest Green. That form has propped up some disappointing home results which have brought seven points from the last 15 on offer.
Those results have been distorted by red cards, late rallies and other factors, but in the recent match with Exeter individual errors led to a scrappy performance, if not a disastrous one.
31-year-old O’Connor revealed that the players knew what they had to do to beat Exeter, but the ultimate execution let them down.
“To be fair, we knew what we needed to do Tuesday against Exeter, but we just didn’t get it right. We were passing it off the pitch, the first hour was the poorest we’ve played all season and we know that.”
Despite that poor performance, he hailed the planning behind the scenes that enabled a change of approach to bring a point home.
“We do have plan A, plan B and plan C though and when Rheady came on he helped change the game. That worked for us and it definitely helped big John having Rheady up there with him.”
The former Notts County midfielder revealed that one of the challenges facing the players over the coming weeks is breaking down sides who come to the Bank for a point.
“I think being the home team and having teams come and defend deep against us makes it harder at home. We need to find a way of playing against that though. The last four or five teams that have come here have sat deep and defended in numbers. Some have played five at the back.”
“We’ve struggled a little at home lately and I don’t know what it is, but I do know we’ll get it right.”
City have a chance to put it right in the next two matches, with struggling Yeovil visiting on Friday night, before Paul Scholes brings Oldham Athletic to the Bank for the first time since the FA Cup Second Round encounter in 2016.
Bury have a chance to overtake the Imps this evening as they play Cheltenham Town in League Two. A win would see the Shakers climb to the top of the table on goal difference, albeit having played one game more.
Read the rest of my interview with Michael O’Connor in the Imps matchday magazine, We Are Imps, this Friday evening.