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David Holdsworth: Injuries have hit hard, but we should still be winning

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

  • Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth

  • Dan Gray (left) has played in three different positions already this season

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I am absolutely bewildered at how we failed to come away from Telford with a victory given how many chances we created.

Scoring the killer second goal is something we need to work on because in the last three games we have created gilt-edged chances at critical points in games.

Nobody can disagree with the fact that my players are running through brick walls for this club.

You have to bear in mind we have injuries piling up which means we are putting square pegs in round holes.

Some players who are in the team even have injuries themselves, but they are putting their bodies on the line.

I cannot ask anymore of them in terms of their integrity, their honesty and ultimately their desire.

In some instances we have been down to 14 fit bodies and even despite the problems, we should have beaten Ebbsfleet and Alfreton too.

I know it's a familiar saying, but goals do change games.

However, in the Alfreton game, I cannot go without mentioning a disgraceful refereeing decision.

Jake Sheridan was clearly brought down from behind, but it was not given and they eventually go and score from the breakaway.

I think the referee's performance needs to be addressed because a player has taken two dives, but is not even given a booking.

Yet if he blows for a foul against my goalkeeper then he would have been sent off.

They were telling moments and in my opinion, he did not keep control of the game.

Alfreton were lucky to have 11 men on the pitch and the game spiralled out of control at one stage.

Decisions were made that were very frustrating and I believe were well below the standard we have had so far.

It was just one of many things that went wrong on the night.

We lost Alan Power to an ankle injury and he looks like he is going to be out for some time.

He is still on crutches having been carried off on a stretcher and we also lost Andrew Boyce to a knee injury.

Thankfully he was fit enough to play on Saturday because we are already without Tom Miller.

To have eight or nine players out in total would affect any team in the land.

If you took the best players out of Manchester City's first 11, they would be an average Premier League team.

It is very difficult and since the Kidderminster game, we've really not been able to field a squad, let alone a team.

Picking a bench will be hard for the next few games, that is for sure.

When you are striving for consistency then it is a major blow. But if you look at someone like Dan Gray, he has played in three positions already and we've only had eight games.

All I ask for is for understanding and to make judgement once we have all of our best players back and in the first team.

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  • nigelsparky  |  September 14 2012, 9:10PM

    It is so easy to proportion blame for poor results onto the officials. These guys are like the rest of us, human, and they will make mistakes, just like players and managers. Lincoln will, during the course of the season, benefit from poor refereeing decisions, but I doubt we'll be moaning too much about those mistakes. Injuries though, are a major worry considering the size of the squad, and that is when Mr Holdsworth will have to earn his "corn" in bringing in loan players that will fit into the team.

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  • Isambard_KB  |  September 14 2012, 1:52PM

    I'm halfway through taking the referees qualification. (I'm getting on a bit and my eyesight is fading, it seemed the natural thing to do). The default instructions that refs give to assistants are based on the ref taking all of the decisions and the assistant only flags for throw ins, offsides, corners/goal kicks and substitutions. In law 6, Assistant Referee duties allow him to indicate when he sees an offence that might be on the blind side of the ref. I can imagine, however, depending on the personality of the ref he might want to make all the decisions and might instruct the assistant in that regard particularly if they haven't worked together before. Refs are afraid that their control of the match will be reduced if their assistant flags for something which they then overrule. In my opinion, all managers should take the ref's course and understand a) the laws b) how they can better "influence" the ref to make decisions in their favour When a typical manager or pundit demands consistency, he usually wants the ref to make an incorrect decsion in his favour i.e not to caution a player when he really should do. Up the Imps

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  • bbh11  |  September 14 2012, 12:54PM

    by Resurrection I totally agree with regard to Sheridan from what he said to the linesman he should of been off with a big ban to follow. IMO it was a foul and a free kick to Lincoln and it was also smack bang in front of the linesman who constantly seem unable to give a desicion apart from offside and throwin's /corners at this level. They are part off a refereeing team admitidly with out being micked up which doesn't help, but I am constantly amazed at what they let go at this level. I remember a game last season when the ref and linesman were having a howler Lincoln were losing and the ball got played out to Gavin McCallum who blatently handballed in front of the linesman who must of been 4 feet away and everyone in the echo stand including MCCallum started laughing when neither the ref or the linesman falgged or blew for a foul. As an afterword I totally respect referee's and linesman for the job they do from World cup down to junior sunday league level as without them we would have no game. I wonder if they were treated in the same way as at Rugby if they would be more inclined particularly at lower level to give desicions?

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  • bbh11  |  September 14 2012, 12:53PM

    by Resurrection I totally agree with regard to Sheridan from what he said to the linesman he should of been off with a big ban to follow. IMO it was a foul and a free kick to Lincoln and it was also smack bang in front of the linesman who constantly seem unable to give a desicion apart from offside and throwin's /corners at this level. They are part off a refereeing team admitidly with out being micked up which doesn't help, but I am constantly amazed at what they let go at this level. I remember a game last season when the ref and linesman were having a howler Lincoln were losing and the ball got played out to Gavin McCallum who blatently handballed in front of the linesman who must of been 4 feet away and everyone in the echo stand including MCCallum started laughing when neither the ref or the linesman falgged or blew for a foul. As an afterword I totally respect referee's and linesman for the job they do from World cup down to junior sunday league level as without them we would have no game. I wonder if they were treated in the same way as at Rugby if they would be more inclined particularly at lower level to give desicions?

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  • Resurrection  |  September 14 2012, 12:27PM

    Just a point about Sheridan. I sit in the Echo so had a good view of that incident, had he not remonstrated with the Referee whilst sat on the floor he could have affected that breakaway as deep in the Alfreton half and perhaps we would not have conceded. His actions after the goal at the linesman warranted a red card and we were fortunate the Referee failed to take action. Regrardless, Sheridan should not in my opinion have been offered an extension of his contract and is fortunate that we have so many injuries as he would not feature on such a regular basis. Other than that a pretty well balanced article by DH

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  • Npton_Imp  |  September 14 2012, 8:11AM

    I have always wanted to hear commentary or comments on a game where the reporter speaks about referees like players and players like referees. eg 1 : Jake Sheridan's shot in 9 minutes over the cross bar was an absolute disgrace. Last season in a similar position he scored from there. All we ask for is consistency – but we just don't get it. He is not fit to play football. eg 2: I think the ref made the wrong decision there and maybe it was a penalty. But he usually gets them bang on. He made a lot of good decisions before and after and I can't fault his overall performance. And you can't fault his effort, he ran for the entire 90 minutes. The guy lives in Bristol, and could not afford an overnight stay which would have improved his performance too. But we don't want to use that as an excuse.

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  • bbh11  |  September 14 2012, 7:17AM

    I for once agree with comments made from DH particularly with regard to the Alfreton game the Referee went to his pocket to book the player for diving in the area and I suspect because there was not much of a fuss made by the Lincoln players as the Ref didn't give a penalty he clearly changed his mind. The challenge on Sheridan which led to the goal was a joke. Lincoln were kicked off the park there were two challenges that I saw that were similar to the Collins tackles where he was sent off for Wales (two footed and out of control of their bodies) and they weren't even given a yellow. I was talking to a Luton supporter on last Sunday and he said the same you are not allowed to play football in the BSP as you just kicked of the park and offered no protection by the officials. Maybe we ought to look at the Wormwood Scrubs team for our next signings come January ???

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