Big Match Preview – Lincoln (A)
As it stands: Ipswich 15-10-3-2(2nd, 33pts, GD 15) | Lincoln 17-5-3-9 (17th, 18pts, GD -4) Current form: Ipswich WWLLW | Lincoln LWDDL
Last time out: Colchester 1 – 0 Ipswich | Gillingham 1 – 0 Lincoln
Head-to-head: P13|Ipswich W5| Lincoln W4 | D4
Previous meeting: Ipswich 1 – 1 Lincoln FA Cup Round One | 9th November 2019
Town head into familar terriorty on Wednesday night as they head to Sincil Bank in a FA Cup replay. On that night back in 2017, Town were famously dumped out of the competiton by the then non league side and Paul Lambert’s men will be hoping for a different outcome on Wednesday night. That defeat was one of many FA Cup exits Town have endured in recent years and will be looking to put to bed the current 9 year wait for a win in the famous competition.
With the league calendar now starting to gather some pace (finally) and with the not so appealing tie of a Sunday visit to St.Andrews to face temporary residents Coventry City, makes the pill slightly easier to swallow if Town continue their woeful FA Cup run.
The lack of enthusiasm is shared amongst our Lincoln counterparts ahead of the replay on Wednesday. The Imps fans feel their team should already be Coventry bound after the clash at Portman Road, but after a Tyler Walker penalty miss and a late Andre Dozzell equaliser, perhaps the FA footballing gods are shining on Town.
Last Time Out
1 – 0 defeat away at Colchester
Paul Lambert changed his goalkeeper ahead of the Leasing.com dead rubber at Colchester, with Tomas Holy replacing Will Norris. The back four remained the same from The FA Cup draw with Lincoln, with Brett McGavin making his senior debut alongside Emyr Huws. Idris El Mizouni came into the side behind Ben Folami, with the young Australian making his first start of the season. Anthony Georgiou and Gwion Edwards were on the flanks.
1-0 defeat at Gillingham
Michael Appleton made a host of changes from the side which beat Rotherham United 3-0 in the Leasing.com Trophy. Tom Pett, Callum Connolly (former Town loanee), Jack Payne and Ellis Chapman were the players still in the starting eleven to take on Gillingham. But it’s only three changes from the last League One outing against AFC Wimbledon two weeks ago.
Focus on Lincoln
Last season: 1st in League Two (85 points)
Manager: Michael Appleton (appointed September 2019)
Top scorer: Tyler Walker (ST) – 8
Most Assists: Jorge Grant (CAM) – 5
STAR PLAYER: Tyler Walker (ST)
The forward has been on fine form this season and is likely to play some part in the replay on Wednesday evening. Walker was a lively customer at Portman Road and finished a flowing Lincoln move to put The Imps in the lead. Walker should have really sealed the tie but missed a second half penalty before firing the rebounds wide of Will Norris’s goal.
The Nottingham Forest loanee has played 1488 minutes so far this campaign, scoring 8 goals which works out to a goal every 186 minutes.
Following the first game between the pair Lambert will be enforced to make a few changes with Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes and Armando Dobra all involved in international duty on Tuesday night and unlikely to be involved.
Jordan Roberts is still unavailable which could mean Will Keane playing the lone striker role with Kayden Jackson and James Norwood being held back for Saturday’s visit of Blackpool.
Tomas Holy is likely to be in goal with the same back four of Myles Kenlock, Toto Nsiala, James Wilson and Janoi Donacien in front of him. Emyr Huws will start in the centre of midfield with perhaps Jon Nolan if Lambert opts for a more experienced player, if not Idris El Mizouni could partner the Welshman or Brett McGavin having impressed on his debut last week at Colchester.
Anthony Georgiou and Gwion Edwards appear most likley to start in the wide roles with Danny Rowe on the bench as a alternative.
Alan Judge could play behind Will Keane, the Irishman was not involved against Denmark on Monday evening. If Lambert opts against playing Judge, El Mizouni could play just behind lone striker Will Keane.
Michael Appleton has promised there will be changes after describing Saturday’s defeat at Gillingham as ‘his worst in management’. One player who looks to be in the starting eleven is captain Lee Frecklington. Frecklington returned from injury to take part in the Leasing.com victory over Rotherham, his first appearance of the season.
Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor has said that although promotion is the primary aim, a FA Cup is something which the club want to progress in.
Speaking to the Official website, Taylor said: “I want to play every game and win every game. It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t matter what tournament it’s in, if it’s the league or the FA Cup or whatever I want to win games every time we go and play. That’s our target and hopefully we’ll get the result.”
Speaking on the replay, Taylor added: “Would we rather have won the first game at our place? Of course we would have. But it gives us another opportunity to play players who are coming back from injuries or play players who haven’t played for a while, or younger players coming through. That was great at the Colchester game, seeing the younger ones coming through having an opportunity and coming through that game.”
Lincoln boss Michael Appleton has stressed that despite promising to make changes, The FA Cup is a tournament that he takes seriously. The competition still excites him and he’s looking for another exciting evening on Wednesday.
Speaking to the Official Website, Appleton said: “I’ve got to the quarter finals a couple of times as a coach and manager but just missed out as a player, I’m excited. It’s a great competition, it’s the one I remember as a small kid growing up so I look forward to it every time it comes around.
“Since I’ve been here, our performances at results at Sincil Bank have been pretty good so we’re looking for that to continue on Wednesday”