Player of the Month – August 2023

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It’s time for our monthly piece once again, and like the last two seasons, we’re going to make it nice and simple.

Each week, you rate the players after a game. With that in mind, we can produce a top three, a best performance, a worst performance and a single standout performance. Last season, we included a lot of stats, but we’re watering them down a little and instead focusing on your ratings, with the odd stat thrown in for good measure.

In August, we played eight fixtures, three in the League Cup and five in the league. We scored 11 goals, conceded five and amassed 10 points. We also dismissed two ‘local’ rivals in the cup, including a Premier League side.

Sa 05Aug 2023 Bolton 3 – 0 Lincoln
Tu 08Aug 2023 Notts Co 0 – 2 Lincoln
Sa 12Aug 2023 Lincoln 3 – 0 Wycombe
Tu 15Aug 2023 Northampton 2 – 2 Lincoln
Sa 19Aug 2023 Shrewsbury 0 – 1 Lincoln
Sa 26Aug 2023 Lincoln 3 – 0 Blackpool
We 30Aug 2023 Sheff Utd 0 – 0 Lincoln

Who were our top performers?

3rd – Sean Roughan (7.31)

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Roughan had a cracking month, proving that the decision to sign a new deal was the right one. He’s slotted in nicely at left centre-back, grown in composure and is surely going to catch the eyes of scouts. He bagged the Imps’ first goal of the season at Notts County and dealt admirably with the likes of Jordan Rhodes and Sam Vokes during the month.

He’s still only 20, but he looks and plays like he’s three or four years older. On this evidence, he’s going to be a big figure for us this season.

2nd – Reeco Hackett (7.33)

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It’s nice to see a new face on the list, and Reeco Hackett is a face that has burst onto the Imps scene. Goals against Wycombe and Northampton were certainly impressive, and he picked up your Man of the Match against Notts County and Northampton. His willingness to run at players, as well as have a shot, reminds me a little of Jack Diamond when he first arrived, but Hackett’s end product is there.

Also, his passion at the end of the Sheffield United game really struck a chord with me. I can’t help but feel we’ve got a player who feels very at home here, and if that’s the case, he is going to produce his best football.

1st – Ethan Erhahon (7.41)

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It’s mad when you think about it. Everyone wondering how on earth you pronounce Erhahon, and it’s dead simple – ‘God’.

I get enthusiastic about a good midfielder, especially one who can get forward. I always loved Liam Bridcutt and his ability to get out of a tight situation, turn defence into attack and make the game look effortless. A good midfielder can beat a player without touching the ball, be it through a feint or a body swerve. Ethan can do that, and when called upon, he beats players with passes and dribbles as well. He’s sharp in the tackle, he’s great at picking a pass, and he’s almost always trying to get us moving forward.

He was Man of the Match against Blackpool, he got us a super goal, and he’s proving to be a massive capture for us. I can’t help but think if we’re writing about him performing for Lincoln in 12 months’ time, it’ll be because we’ve gone up.


Next Page – The best and worst matches, plus the standout performance of the month.