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Carshalton loss still gives me nightmares, says Lincoln City's Jake Sheridan

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

Jake Sheridan

Lincoln City's Jake Sheridan

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Jake Sheridan hopes Lincoln City can make amends for last season's miserable exit from the FA Trophy when they begin their campaign this weekend.

The Imps head to Tamworth on Saturday hoping to book their place in the second round with a fifth straight win.

Lincoln fans have terrible memories of last season's competition when they were beaten 3-0 by Ryman League side, Carshalton Athletic.

It was one of City's lowest points in recent history and Sheridan vowed not to let the Imps suffer a repeat performance this weekend.

"I would never like to experience anything like the Carshalton defeat again," he said.

"I was on the bench that night, but it still lingers in the memory even now.

"It was a bad bad night and I know John Nutter has said it was one of his lowest moments in football.

"That gives you an idea of how bad we were that night and it was embarrassing for the supporters.

"In terms of experiences it was horrible, a real low point.

"But this year we can hopefully put that right. The players who are here now would never allow another Carshalton to happen, that is for sure."

Confidence is currently soaring ahead of the trip to Tamworth, with Lincoln currently on a 10-game unbeaten run.

But having named an unchanged team for the last five games, Imps boss David Holdsworth may reshuffle his pack for the Trophy tie.

With players coming back from injury, he has a number of options to choose from which may lead to noticeable names sitting in the stands.

But Sheridan does not anticipate any problems with that scenario, insisting Lincoln's excellent team spirit will wipe out any toxicity.

"The players who are not in the stands will win you matches because at some clubs it can be awkward and the atmosphere can become poisonous," he said.

"But here there is nothing but 100 per cent support from the lads who are not in the team.

"They all get involved in the banter, they are all very supportive win, lose or draw.

"There is no 'me, me, me' attitude.

"We are all in it together and that's why we are doing so well."

Lincoln have no fresh injury worries, but given how demanding the last few weeks have been on City's legs, Holdsworth may freshen up his starting 11.

Striker Adam Boyd is pushing for his debut after signing a short-term deal last week.

But Colin Larkin and Vadaine Oliver are also vying for a place up front after their impressive contribution from the bench against Hereford.

On-loan Cambridge defender Scott Garner may also figure in defence.

David Morgan and Aristede Bassele, both on loan, may also play a part.

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  • cartyIMP  |  November 24 2012, 12:20AM

    fa trophy is like capital one cup play the shadow team and pocket the cash on the mansfield game. Teams used to chuck away the fa cup and concentrate on the league when in div2 or div1

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  • MacImp  |  November 23 2012, 9:46PM

    £129000 in prize money for the winners of the trophy plus gate money. That seems like a good bit of money to me. As someone has said, it is long term and obviously no guarantee of winning. £120000 plus if we win two more rounds of FA cup plus prize money. I would like to beat Mansefield and get a winnable game after that and then draw United at Old Trafford. That way we get lots of money with only 3 more cup games. We could then concentrate on the league. Could we be that lucky?

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  • sadimp  |  November 23 2012, 9:12PM

    It seems many of you are wearing rose colored glasses. I'm all for being optimistic, but discussing a cup tie with Man U is somewhat ridiculous when we haven't got through the next round yet. Let's concentrate on Saturday's game first, then Mansfield, before even dreaming of a tie with a Premier League team. There's of course the mundane games in the Conference to pay attention to as well. All I'm saying, let the Imps take care of every game as it comes and the future will unfold hopefully the way we want it. It's nice to be able to dream though. Who would have thought it 2 months ago.

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  • theoutworker  |  November 23 2012, 8:16PM

    Tamworth are a different kettle of fish to Carshalton. Tamworth will not be a push over. Having said that, with the positive mentality of the Imps at the moment they could have reached their Waterloo. Onward and upward.

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  • redIMPoster  |  November 23 2012, 6:53PM

    If those players on yellow cards get booked on Saturday surely they are suspended for the Woking game and not Saturdays match v Stags? Gray picked up his 5th yellow in the league match v Hereford but now misses a cup match. Anyone know how it all works? BTW I agree that the Trophy is now less important than this time last year thanks mostly to our FA Cup run - my wish is that we do our best in both and make good use of all of our players to achieve our aims.

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  • sfocata  |  November 23 2012, 2:48PM

    redimps1 - Oh, absolutely... don't get me wrong, I certainly wouldn't complain about a Wembley trip! I just think that if there's any risk of fixture pile-up affecting our form, the Trophy has to be lowest on the pile... prize money is £50k for winning it whereas we'll have pocketed more than that (across the 3 rounds) from the FA Cup if we beat Mansfield next week.

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  • eatmygoal  |  November 23 2012, 2:34PM

    I think that is the thing with the FA cup game, win it and you have a lottery ticket. On Sunday you sit and wait for the numbers to come out, could be Man Utd away and financial safety for ten years or it could be Wigan away and worth little. The Tamworth game in itself is part of a much longer process for getting the same income. So while it is important to get to the next stage it is no more important than the next Trophy game. The Mansfield game is the one off where the winner takes it all.

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  • ManchesterImp  |  November 23 2012, 1:49PM

    Hard to know what to think about this one. Which is the more important game? Tamworth in the FA Trophy or Mansfield in the FA Cup? There are arguments for both. Tamworth for the not unrealistic chance to reach Wembley and some silverware? Or Mansfield for the chance of being pulled out of the FA Cup third round draw against one of the "big guns" of the Premier League and a massive financial injection? Arguably any financial injection from an FA Cup third round plum draw could have an impact on where the Imps finish in the League at the end of the season, but then the financial gains from winning the FA Trophy will have a similar impact on what sort of budget is available for Summer transfers for next season. David Holdsworth has a very difficult task in deciding whether to rest players who may get suspended for the Mansfield game, or to stick with the starting ten (plus a replacement for the suspended Dan Gray) which has proved so successful in recent weeks. Should any of those who are one card away from suspension play and pick up a booking at Tamowrth, do the Imps then play for a draw so the suspension is used up with the Tuesday night replay? Who would be a football manager? Just ask Roberto di Matteo about how his team selection against Juventus on Tuesday proved to be the final nail in his coffin as Chelsea manager!! Whatever selections David Holdsworth makes one thing is certain, the starting eleven and substitutes will give their all to maintain the current unbeaten run. All that said why not look for a good run in the FA Trophy, a win against Mansfiled in the FA Cup followed by a visit to Manchester in Round Three, and then at least a Play-off place in the League? Am I being over optimistic? Maybe but any two of those results will have one exiled Imp smiling broadly.

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  • eatmygoal  |  November 23 2012, 11:28AM

    I think I fall somewhere between you both. I don't think it is as important as last year when it was our last chance of getting anything out the season. But I agree that a good run can bring in money and imporve the feel good factor. I think the fact it comes a week before arguably one of our biggest matches of the season takes away quite a bit of importance for me.

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  • redimps1  |  November 23 2012, 10:51AM

    I disagre that this game is not important! If we get to the latter stages especially Wembley(which we have never played at) we will make significant money to aid next years promtion push/squad developement.Plus the untold feelgood factor returning the fans back to the club would be priceless.

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