Player of the Month – March

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I remember doing this article in December (I think), and it was all doom and gloom.

It will be a travesty for the second month in a row if Michael Skubala doesn’t get Manager of the Month. He missed out in January, but surely, 17 goals, 13 points from 15 and a surge into the top six will get him the gong? After all, we played five games in March, winning four and drawing one. We scored 17 goals, conceded one, and picked up 13 points.

Title form. Possibly, the sort of form that will see us into the top six.

Sa 02Mar 2024 Lincoln 0 – 0 Stevenage
Sa 09Mar 2024 Barnsley 1 – 5 Lincoln
Tu 12Mar 2024 Lincoln 6 – 0 Cambridge U
Sa 16Mar 2024 Lincoln 5 – 0 Bristol R
Fr 29Mar 2024 Lincoln 1 – 0 Leyton Orient

Anyway, who were the best players in this tremendous run?

3rd – Danny Mandroiu / Lukas Jensen (7.93)


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Here’s the thing – 13 of the 17 players that featured in March scored more than seven. In your opinion, the seventh-best player this month scored enough to win the Player of the Month award in four of the previous months of the season. This was a mad month, and there’s a tie for third.

Technically, Lukas Jensen should be third, as he tied in terms of numbers with Danny Mandroiu but had played a game more. However, I wanted to acknowledge Danny here as well, as he’s really come in from the cold and proven people wrong with his committed displays.

Undoubtedly, both had brilliant months, and 7.93 would have seen them named Player of the Month every other month this season.


2nd – Alex Mitchell (7.96)


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There’s something about Alex Mitchell that everyone likes. It might be his committed displays, his passion on the field or his likeable persona away from the game. One thing is certain – he’s a player who has caught the eye during this loan spell. Once again, he features in your top three, the fifth time in eight months. I’m not sure any player has been as consistently good for the club as this over the last few seasons; I’d have to check.

Mitchell capped off a superb month with a Man of the Match display (in your opinion) against Orient, a team he appeared on loan for in 2021/22.


1st – Paudie O’Connor (8.08)


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Captain. Leader. War horse. Paudie O’Connor has had a huge impact over the last two months, coming in from the cold after his suspension to lead by example. He was the Man of the Match against Stevenage, was only a point or two behind Alex Mitchell for the accolade against Orient, and even chipped in with a goal against Bristol Rovers.

It’s crazy to think Adam Jackson can’t get a kick now, yet he was the seemingly irreplaceable Player of the Month in January. Interestingly, O’Connor got the highest monthly rating of any player this season and the highest since January 2022.

I’ve got to drop honourable mentions to Joe Taylor and Jack Moylan here. Between them, they’ve bagged ten goals this month, and neither has featured in the top four players. That’s the level we hit in March; it’s been incredible and given us a platform to enjoy an exciting final few matches of the season.

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


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