Ratings: Good performances as Town head top of the tree against Imps
We take a look at the performances as Town beat Lincoln 1-0 at Portman Road to return to the top of League One.
Will Norris – 7
He has won me over. Paul Lambert stuck with his on-loan stopper through a tricky spell, including the 5-3 defeat in the reverse fixture at Sincil Bank, and it has worked. Deserved his clean sheet in a relatively untroubled afternoon.
Luke Woolfenden – 8
Opened his Town account with a header just before the break which was the deciding moment in the game. A Rolls Royce of a defender, looking more and more the part each week. Let’s enjoy him while we can.
James Wilson – 8
Taunted again by Lincoln fans’, dubbing Wilson a ‘reject’, well he enjoyed that today. Played some superb passes on a number of occasions and made a crucial interception late in the day to deny Grant a sniff at an equaliser. Should have joined defensive teammate Woolfenden on the scoresheet, but couldn’t turn Garbutt’s header home.
Luke Chambers – 7
Continued to motor forward at any given opportunity, having a goal-bound shot blocked in the first half. Lost an aerial dual late on, but luckily Wilson was there to rescue the skipper.
Gwion Edwards – 8
Excellent display from the Welshman. Providing the width on the right, he caused the Lincoln defence problems on the byline all afternoon. Defensively, arguably his best performance, denied what looked like a certain Lincoln equaliser by Grant after the break.
Luke Garbutt – 8
After a couple of quieter displays, this was Garbutt back to his best. Always an option in open play, linking with Alan Judge and Luke Woolfenden throughout. Garbutt’s set pieces where threatening all afternoon, with his delivery setting up the Town winner just before the break.
Emyr Huws – 7
Another effective performance from Huws. Had a firm left footed drive blocked in the first-half from a clever free-kick routine. Developing a great relationship with Downes in the middle of midfield.
Flynn Downes – 7
Won the midfield battle with his teammate Huws. The Town academy product won the ball back on countless occasions, taking the ball and the player in a firm but fair way. Looking like the complete midfielder more and more by the week.
Alan Judge – 7
Similar to Huws and Downes, Judge had a quiet but effective afternoon. He roamed all over the pitch, linking up with Garbutt on the left and picking up pockets of space on the right. Another player who is benefiting from a run of games in the side.
Will Keane – 7
Preferred again over top goalscorer James Norwood, Keane provided some lovely touches throughout the game. Brought others into the game and perhaps has more quality than the other strikers. Should have scored in the opening half, but dragged shot wide.
Kayden Jackson – 7
Struggled to get many chances against an Imps defence which dropped deep, probably a compliment to Jackson. However, his running off the ball and constant hurrying of defenders meant Lincoln could rarely build from the back.