The Verdict: Several ghosts laid to bed at Sincil Bank

TOTT takes a look at some key points to come out of Town’s FA Cup Replay win at Lincoln City on Wednesday evening.

Ghosts put to bed

The celebrations when Alan Judge fired home in the 94th minute showed how much the supporters and players do care about The FA Cup. The goal scored by the Irishman put to bed Town’s horrendous FA Cup run after 15 failed attempts (dating back to January 2010) it was sweet sixteen for Town. That wasn’t the only unwanted stat put to bed last night, Alan Judge has been showing signs he is getting back to his best, opened his Town account after previously going 46 games for club and country without a goal. Finally some closure on that famous night in 2017, when the non league side knocked Town with a last minute winner, football can be a funny old game how these things pan out.

Misfiring Akinde

Lincoln and Town both operated with a lone striker, John Akinde for The Imps and Will Keane for Town. While Will Keane fired over his only real chance in the first half, it was a different story for the big Lincoln striker. The former Colchester forward missed a absolute sitter in the first half before spurning other chances before being replaced by Tyler Walker in the second half. Who can’t help but think if those chances fell the way on Walker it could well have been a very different story.

More game time for fringe players

If Town exited the cup last night it would have then produced another free weekend next week. That would mean only the for the likes of Donacien, Nsiala, Kenlock, El Mizouni and co to impress Lambert with the Town boss having a clear preferred team for the league. However, with a trip to Coventry now in place next Sunday, Town now only have one weekend free as the next and final international break actually coincides with when Town were due to play the reserve fixture with Bury.

Return to league action

This Saturday marks the long awaiting return to league action for Paul Lambert’s troops. It has been SEVENTEEN days since Danny Rowe fired Town top of the table at Rochdale. Since then the likes of Chambers, Skuse and Norwood have all been wrapped up in cotton wool sitting out the FA Cup double header (Norwood played 6 minutes in first game against Lincoln) and the defeat at Colchester. The plan is to keep the players fresh ahead of a long campaign with a key month coming up against teams in and around Town, let’s hope the lads are ready to hit the ground running come 15:00 Saturday.

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