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Early goals are wrecking Lincoln City, says Imps boss David Holdsworth

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

David Holdsworth

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David Holdsworth is desperate to cut out the early goals that are threatening to derail Lincoln City's season.

The Imps boss watched on as his side found themselves going behind after 43 seconds against Tamworth on Saturday and within three minutes against Nuneaton on Tuesday night.

Against Tamworth the Imps slumped to a 1-0 defeat, but on Tuesday night they rallied to beat Nuneaton 2-1.

However, as City face a trip to high-flying Forest Green Rovers on Friday night, Holdsworth is urging his back four to show more concentration in the opening minutes.

"We are well aware of the situation," said Holdsworth. "And we work on the method every day in training.

"What I have to accept though is that as soon as the players cross the white line and go onto the pitch it is up to them.

"They are good lads, but they are young and that lack of knowledge and leadership can be crucial in the early stages of a game.

"In an ideal world you would want an experienced defender at the back leading the line, but they cost money the club cannot afford at present."

While the scenario is tough to stomach for the man who spent his career marshalling the defence for clubs like Sheffield United and Birmingham City, Holdsworth is remaining pragmatic.

"We have some talented players," he said. "Someone like Andrew Boyce has the physical ability to mix it.

"However, the fact is for him and Graham Hutchison it is their first stint at this level, they are not seasoned with 40 to 50 games."

Meanwhile, Holdsworth has blasted Friday night's trip to Forest Green as "ridiculous" insisting the lack of recovery time for his players could hurt his squad.

The Imps will play their third game in under a week tomorrow when they travel to Dave Hockday's big spending promotion contenders.

Forest Green were also in action on Tuesday night, securing a 2-1 win at Hereford United.

But they have spent big over the summer and their squad of 27 is packed with strength in depth.

The game was brought forward to be screened live by Premier Sports but Holdsworth said he would have preferred it to have been played on Saturday night.

"It's ridiculous," he said. "I find it stupid we have this fixture so soon. We only have a small squad yet we are facing our third game in a under a week.

"We hardly have any time to recover and whoever does these fixtures must have a strange old computer.

"Would I have preferred the game to be played Saturday night? Of course I would."

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  • franky68  |  October 01 2012, 3:06PM

    When it comes to sitting in the dug-out non was worse than Tilson/Brush, when things went wrong all Brush could do was throw his bottle of water at the wall, but do nor say anything. Tilson sat at the edge of the dug-out,the poor devil who did all the shouting and coaching was Scott Lindsay, and unfortunately he went too. come on boys

  • franky68  |  September 29 2012, 12:46PM

    Well said Branstonimp: its good to see sombody else of my opinion. I've put a similar article on the result article above.It'll be too late for anybody to do anything for the club soon if people don't get positive about the club, fill the stands a bit more like some 20/25 years ago. Come on wake up and stop whinging. come on boys

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  • Sweepclean  |  September 28 2012, 10:45PM

    Hi I don't no whether you've been in the dug out or stood on the touchline of City's pitch because if you have you will realise that the manager can't see as much as we can in the stands. If you stand on the centre spot of City's pitch looking towards the Co-op stand you can't see the by-line as the as it seems to slope down. Holdsworth either should sit in the stand or have an assistant sit in the stand with a mobile phone or other means of contact for the first 20 mins of each half to see whose doing what and what changes need to be made as this is what the top teams seem to do.

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  • DelrioImp  |  September 28 2012, 10:21PM

    Amidst all the doom and gloom about City's performance tonight, it was good to read the suggestions from 'alltheseyears' about ways to improve the game in general. There's one other thing I would like to mention: why is a goalkeeper who makes a brilliant penalty save (but fails to hang on to the ball) punished when the penalty-misser or another forward rushes in to follow up and score, when the ball is automatically 'dead' in the same situation in penalty shoot-outs? (And don't get me started on the ludicrous ego-trip celebrations of the tap-in goalscorers in these circumstances!). Surely the game should re-start with a goal-kick.

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  • allendawn  |  September 28 2012, 9:18PM

    too true danny_imp 3-0 down already! after say DH's days seem numbered surely! C'mon you imps lets have a goal at least !

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  • danny_imp  |  September 28 2012, 9:11PM

    This is an absolute joke. Yes they may be going top of the league but we havent strung 3 or 4 passes together and 60mins gone were 3-0 down. If i can see the problems tactically watching and the poor commentators can then why the f*** cant holdsworth? What is the man paid for?

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  • danny_imp  |  September 28 2012, 8:51PM

    After watching the first half on tv it seems that the only way we are going to grab a goal is by set pieces. Fofana looks lost and unsure exactly what his job is and why Robson at left back instead of Nutter, why not play nicalou there and play someone else in front? Oh well we will see what the second half brings. I just want to see some fight and some spirit and who knows we MIGHT pinch a point. UTI!

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  • Branstonimp  |  September 28 2012, 7:56PM

    Good to see some positive comments on here. Going to pin my colours to the mast now.I am a DH supporter. Maybe I don't always agree with his selections, but I do believe that his selections are made for good reasons (though still don't get the PB selection as a striker). I'm sure that sometimes his selections are forced on him for reasons that we are unaware of. Bottom line is that I do not think there is any one out there better than DH (even if we lose tonght Vs FGR), he is a 100 times better than ST. On paper we have a very good squad (with a limited budget) thanks to DH, and I am confident that by the end of season we will be well cleaar of the drop, and with a bit of luck in the play offs (via a rocky road). UTI.

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  • alltheseyears  |  September 28 2012, 5:14PM

    I agree sparky - mainly a waste of time and the whole game stops while lumbering centre halves plod up field. I'd like to have a rule that say throw ins to be taken inside 15 seconds (say) or ball goes to opposition. This can be timed by linesman or in the stand. I'd like linesmen to put a yellow marker (similar to American Football's yellow flags) down at the spot it is to be taken from. If its taken ahead of that marker the ball is given to opposition. Similar rules for free kicks - eg to be taken within 30 seconds. yellow marker down to show where to be taken from and where 9 metres is. Again any transgression immediately punished. And one other (of many changes I would make) is that restarts after a goal must be within a minute (or even 30 seconds) of the goal being scored. That would put an immediate stop to these stupid celebrations. Opposition kick off whether goal scoring team in their own half or not and any in side the cenre circle are booked. And one last one - no holding the game up for substitutions game carries on. New player can;t get on till substituted player is off. Soon stop all that time wasting.

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  • nigelsparky  |  September 28 2012, 4:13PM

    Please please please will you all stop going on about the stupid long throw into the box!!! all you do is give possession away!!! It's the easiest thing in the world to defend against. Question for you all protagonists of this tactic. How many times is a goal scored as a direct result? Tuesday night I counted 4 of these throws and none of them even remotely looked like creating a goal, in fact, one in the second half resulted in them breaking away with the ball. Yes once in a blue moon it will happen, but it is very rare, as I said it's so easy to defend. Once in a blue moon is not a good enough return in my book, keep possession that is the key.

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