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Lincoln City 3 - Aston Villa 1

Sincil Bank



A Late Lincoln City Match Report!

Apologies for the delay in posting this, Randy.Stand on the pre-season friendly v Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Well I'm back from Sincil Bank on a hugely disappointing night for us. We took 1,040 supporters to Lincoln and was a great atmosphere at the start of the game with Lincoln fans having a bit of banter with Villa supporters. Villa started greatly and Frank Sinclair slipped and John Carew had a first time shot on 8 minutes and planted it in the back of net. Easy Easy chants started by Villa fans as they thought it would be a rout.

Lincoln had to settle and they did quite well. They got stuck into Villa and made it tough going for Villa. Although Lincoln settled Villa could and should have been three or four up at half time. John Carew was denied a clear penalty and Ashley Young was accused of diving just outside the box.
Wayne Routledge looked a livewire and crossed for Carew several times only for Big John to head wide or over. Routledge then cross it to the feet of Sidwell who shot against the post. Very unlucky. Good first half by the Villa and they deserved the lead.

Second half and O'Neill rang the Lincoln's benefit. Lincoln were all over Villa and we couldn't handle the power Lincoln had. They got a corner and the cross came in, the defender evaded Harewood who was marking him and put it past the floundering Stuart Taylor. 1-0.

Villa huffed and puffed but just looked short on ideas going forward.

Lincoln got another corner and the cross came in again and it was headed past Taylor again. Why Taylor was standing so far out I'm not sure and Taylor should have saved it easily. Then only a minute later Steve Sidwell started running out of defence, got caught up by one of the Lincoln midfielders who slotted it through to the forward to score. 3-1 and the chants 'Premiership Your having a laugh' rang out and how right the Lincoln supporters were. Villa hit the post twice again in the second half from Marlon Harewood and later on Moustapha Salifou. Harewood also had a couple of chances when he went through but the keeper made some very good saves.

All in all not good enough and I just hope Martin O'Neill can work his magic before Saturday or we are in for problems against Odense BK.

Martin O'Neill said on the official site: 'We're trying to get ourselves right for the game on Saturday. We're trying to get as many senior players as much time out on the field as possible - without getting injured.

'It's a fine balancing act and I'm not too concerned about the result. What I want to try and do is get the sort of fitness and competitive spirit right for Saturday.

'I know it's a friendly game but you'd prefer to win it than lose it. Again it's a matter of getting a bit more fitness.

'We're trying to cram an awful lot into this 10 day period because we want to get into competitive mode very early on. Saturday's game is vitally important to us and this was part of the build-up to that.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 17 2008

Time: 10:45AM

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17/07/2008 10:46:00

i enjoyed the night and thought your supporters were very well behaved!
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17/07/2008 10:46:00

We're always well behaved=)
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17/07/2008 10:52:00

What i still find astounding is the fact we have only made one signing, Sidwell. Guzan is likely to follow in the next few days, but so far we have been linked to plenty of players to little avail. I hope that Martin can motivate the few senior players we do have to play well on Saturday and can bring in some bodies before the 2nd leg.
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17/07/2008 10:55:00

Apology accepted. lol.
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17/07/2008 11:06:00

The game really brought home to me the lack in depth we've got, especially at the back. Maybe its too late to get anyone else in before Saturday now, and its gonna be a tough job for MON to get the back-line ready for Saturday, with really very few options. I'd personally give Routledge a run-out at RB, with Knight, Laursen and Bouma completing the back 4. I'd also put NRC in a defensive midfield role in front of the back 4.
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17/07/2008 11:39:00

We didn't have a defence, and that is worrying. A premiership team would bag a hatful against us as things stand. At least there is ML to come back into the reckoning, but Martin on his own isn't going to be capable of straightening out that mess. Game proved one thing, Freddie Bouma is no central defender. Oh, and a second thing, our youngsters, promising as they may well be, are not yet up to the task.
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17/07/2008 12:04:00

Must add, thought Routledge was lively first half. In fact, he and Big JC were arguably our two best players on what was a disappointing night.
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17/07/2008 12:06:00

not good enough. If we fail to sign more players and have to speand ANOTHER season with MON bleating on about having a small squad I'm going to smash my TV and disconnect the internet. Not good enough Martin
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17/07/2008 13:02:00

I must admit, Villa's defence was reminiscent of us last season, It was very poor. Having said all that, MON is no mug, he will undoubtedly get the quality players in given time and hopefully propel you to another decent finish in the Prem. Any chance of the loan of one or two decent young/reserve players?
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17/07/2008 13:12:00

I had to stop doing a case for the defence last year Impish on the grounds of insanity
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17/07/2008 14:39:00

Got to say GS and Randy.Stand the fact both of you have mentioned Routledge's performance tells me that there is something to take from this game, as little as it may be, but Routledge could be like a new signing for us as he only played about 15mins last season, if he is fit and playing well he could be a top player for us. Glad he had a decent game.
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17/07/2008 15:30:00

You really should not lose sight of the fact that this was a pre season friendly. Lincoln played well, but Villa appeared to be coasting for most of the match. Still nice to beat one of the Premier big boys though.
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24/07/2008 18:05:00


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