Harry Anderson had another solid game for the Imps this weekend as we overcame Southend 4-0, a result many were predicting before kick off.
With us having won three games without conceding going into the fixture, and Southend being beaten twice and not keeping a clean sheet since January, many fans had this down as a home banker. Whilst supporters can afford overconfidence without any severe repercussions for the result, the players cannot.
22-year-old Anderson, a veteran of over 130 Lincoln outings, explained after the encounter how the players focus on getting control of the game and respect their opponents.
“You have to have it in your mind from the beginning of the game that they’re not just going to fall over and let us win the game. We have to get control in the first fifteen minutes, settle into the game and grow into it. You can’t just go out there just thinking we’re going to turn over teams.
“You’ve got to go out there and show them respect. I thought we did that really well today and managed to get the three points.”
The Imps took a 2-0 lead into the break, with Tyler Walker winning and converting a penalty straight after the restart to kill the game off. The was followed by a show of Lincoln dominance on the ball, something Anderson felt the supporters really enjoyed.
“I felt we saw the game out very well, we kept the ball a lot and the supporters were getting excited towards the end. They seemed pleased with how we finished the game.”
After Bruno Andrade rounded things off on 81 minutes, the ball rarely left Lincoln possession and cries of ‘ole’ went up with every pass. It’s certainly fair to say that the fans enjoyed the last ten minutes as we protected our 100% record.
As for Anderson, at just 22-years-old he’s growing in stature and ability with every game and he’s set to enjoy another stellar season in red and white. He’s already bagged twice this season in a blistering start that’s seen him become the first Lincoln player since John ‘Jack’ McGinley to score in three different divisions for the club.