The Imps slipped to a 2-0 defeat this afternoon against Scunthorpe United, with Danny claiming afterwards if we play like we did against the Iron all season, we’ll be relegated.
He didn’t mince his words post-match, with Lincolnshire Live reporting he said; “If we play like we’ll be relegated, that’s for sure. We’re a lot way off where we need to be.”
It wasn’t a great performance and as usual, plenty of people had the knives out on social media after the game. Comments such as ‘Akinde doesn’t look interested’ have already been spied before a ball has been kicked in anger, (sorry Kev but yours was the first I saw).
Personally, reading too much into pre-season games is a fallacy I’ve been arguing against all summer. These results are just being used by people to further their own arguments; the Akinde haters, in particular, will doubtless be out on Facebook but I won’t see them. How on earth sections of our support can criticise a centre forward who helped a side to win a title is beyond me.
I’ve seen calls for us to sign another centre back when Jason Shackell’s suspension runs to a couple of games, people saying Bolger isn’t good enough as well; they’ve clearly not learned from the Tom Pett experience, he was called all sorts after signing in January but once he had a pre-season under his belt, all was good again.
I understand Danny wasn’t happy and I’m not calling him out for getting too wrapped up in pre-season, he’s the manager and it’s his job. For me, the only result that matters is the one we’ll be reading about in seven days time. Until then, you’ll not find me getting het up about a bloody pre-season friendly played in front of 1,600 people.
There are a few who feel the same way, with a selection of comments here for your perusal.
Disclaimer – I won’t put ones in here that simply slag off one of our players. I know if big John doesn’t score for the first six games the smug ‘I told you so’ brigade will be out. When that happens, I’ll show you pictures of fans with the League Two trophy. he was good enough last season; this season judgement is reserved until we’ve actually played a proper game, not had a kick about in a half-empty stadium with a local lower league team.
Jesus ? the meltdown over a pre season friendly is embarrassing ? hope people find some reality & perspective in this coming week ??♀️
— Live 4now 4get forever (@lincslass86) July 27, 2019
Its ridiculous isn't it? I am bracing myself for more of the same(meltdowns) over the season when some folk lose their shit because we are not 8 points clear at the top.
— Adam BARLOW (@ferretimp) July 27, 2019
I have concerns, but then I keep saying it is preseason and we never do well in preseason and the last three years have been alright ?
— Sam Wray (@Sam_Wray) July 27, 2019
Really don't understand morons, well one in particular who has a real problem with Ellis Chapman. Local lad, huge potential, Premier league team offered him a contract yet he chose his home town team! Oh and Danny Cowley rates him! Some people make my blood boil!!!
— chris kennealey (@chriskennealey) July 27, 2019
Like most clubs, we don’t really know where we are! Newly promoted, tiny (poss vulnerable) squad, so top 20 & avoiding relegation is a must, top of the bottom half would be an achievement
— Mark Churchill (@church197) July 27, 2019
it's a pre-season game, save your moaning for when we don't win at some point this season
— Nathan (@nath_loveridge) July 27, 2019
Can't help but feel that Rhead would have bagged a double hattrick against these
— Craig Broddington (@CraigBr20274310) July 27, 2019