The Imps suffered the first league defeat of the season this weekend, going down 2-1 to Bristol Rovers at Sincil Bank, but the mood in the camp hasn’t been adversely affected.
Yesterday, I spoke to our longest-serving player, Harry Anderson, for the upcoming Plymouth Argyle programme which you can order here. The 23-year-old, who recently reached 175 appearances for the Imps, confirmed training has been good despite the setback.
“Training was all positive even though we were disappointed with the result against Bristol Rovers. We try not to let it affect us, we’ve had such a good start and it would be a shame to put off the good work that we’ve done.”
City went ahead in the game through Lewis Montsma’s sixth goal of the season but were immediately pegged back when James Daly nodded home. Within ten minutes the scoring was complete, Adam Jackson committing a foul in the area allowing Brandan Hanlon to stroke the ball home from 12-yards.
The Imps’ misery was compounded ten minutes from time when Jackson was sent off for a second bookable offence, and former Peterborough man Harry confessed the game was ‘an eye-opener’.
“It was a bit of an eye-opener. We realise we’re not going to win every game, but when you’ve been on a bit of a run a defeat brings you back down to earth. It’s going to be tough this season and we have to be able to win in a lot of different ways.”
Thus far, City have won games in which a lot of possession has been conceded to the other side, as well as winning games in which we retain a lot of the ball. However, as Harry admits, there is still plenty to learn.
“You learn from defeats and Bristol Rovers had a back five and were tough to break down, so that’s something we have been working on.”
Whilst we have a challenging trip to Fleetwood this weekend, there is a swift turnaround for Tuesday night at home to the Pilgrims, who last came to Sincil Bank in the league 19 years ago, winning 1-0. The last time the Imps beat Plymouth at home was April 2001, when a late James Dudgeon goal secured a vital 2-1 victory. In four meetings since, City have failed to score, with the last competitive meeting between the two ending up in a 5-0 win for them.
Hopefully, Harry and the lads will be able to reverse that trend on Tuesday.