Ratings: Struggling to pick the positives as Town lose at Sincil Bank
We take a look at the performances as Town lose an eight-goal thriller at Sincil Bank.
Will Norris – 3
I have said for a couple of weeks now that I feel Holy should be Town’s number one, now it is a must! It wasn’t just the rushed distribution and lack of commandment of his penalty area, he handed the game to Lincoln City. Town were in the ascendancy after equalising via a Luke Garbutt free-kick, however on the stroke of half-time Norris made a howler. He rushed out and was beaten by Tyler Walker who scored his first of the afternoon, lobbing into an empty net from all of 30 yards. Arguably a turning point and made Town chase the game after the break.
Janoi Donacien – 5
Just before the Norris howler, Donacien was forced off through injury. The right-back was having a steady game up until his collision, providing some rare attacking moments in the early exchanges. Perhaps his performance was highlighted more after his withdrawal with the Town defence at sixes and sevens for the remaining 50+ minutes.
Luke Woolfenden – 4
Not as impressive as in recent weeks, Woolfenden was arguably at fault for the opening goal. After the break he was moved to right-back after Wilson was introduced shortly after the interval replacing Edwards. At right-back Woolfenden was caught with a man over when Walker doubled his tally for Lincoln’s third. Going forward it was the ball playing defender who assisted Will Keane’s goal.
Luke Chambers – 4
Returning to the side after sitting out the Boxing Day clash with Gillingham through suspension. The skipper, alongside Woolfenden got caught out for the second Imps goal with the long ball. In the second half, I had sympathy for Chambo. While the goals were flowing in there was little in terms of defensive resistance from Town. One thing is for sure, there will be no one in the Town dressing room hurting anymore than Chambers.
Luke Garbutt – 5
Got Town back on level terms with another excellently executed free-kick. Defensively part of a horror show and seemed to be out numbered more often than not when Lincoln attacked. In truth, not great defensively but felt he was stuck in stick and twist mode, and did neither!
Alan Judge – 5
Playing in-front of Luke Garbutt, Judge naturally drifts inside to get on the ball. When defending, Lambert needs to tell Judge and the other winger, this time Edwards, to stay wide. Keep it simple, track the full-back and support your team-mate defensively. To be fair to Judge, he was one who kept getting on the ball and it was his delivery which resulted in the second Town equaliser.
Andre Dozzell – 4
Selected alongside Downes after the pair were effective against Coventry recently. It was Dozzell who won the free-kick which resulted in Luke Garbutt equalising was probably the most notable part of Dozzell’s afternoon. Was in the thick of things in the spell of first half dominance from Town but his influence in the game dwindled as the game went on. Picked up a yellow card too.
Flynn Downes – 4
Returned to the starting line-up after being rested for the Boxing Day clash. Downes, like Dozzell, was in the thick of things in a pretty dominant first half display from Town. Driving the team forward and even got a shot in which went wide. However, like Dozzell, faded after the break and ultimately lost the battle in midfield.
Gwion Edwards – 4
Edwards survived an early yellow card scare after a rash tackle, that escape was short lived as he was booked later in the first half. Positive going forward but starting from more of an inside position. When out-wide, Edwards managed to get into good crossing positions in which he struggled to beat the first man. Ended up and right-back and was withdrawn shortly after the break.
Kayden Jackson – 4
Used his pace well to get behind the Lincoln defence in the first-half, was then seemingly brought down by the Imps ‘keeper but the officials waved away any penalty appeal. Used his pace again to good effect after the break and was brought down again but this time a free-kick was given. Plenty of energy and endeavour if not quality.
James Norwood – 4
Starting for the third time in our festive period, Norwood rarely got a sight of goal at Sincil Bank. He was involved in the second equaliser when Harry Toffolo was credited with an own goal. Shortly after he was replaced by Will Keane.
Freddie Sears – 4
Introduced earlier as planned just before the break. Again operating in the wide areas it was firmly a case of getting used to the speed and tempo of League One football. Thought he ended the game stronger and will prove to be a big boost once fully fit.