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Gary Simpson does not intend to change systems just because it suits opponents

By DMarshall__LE  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

Lincoln City captain Alan Power misses tomorrow's trip due to suspension

Lincoln City captain Alan Power misses tomorrow's trip due to suspension

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Lincoln City will not deploy a 4-4-2 formation against Braintree tomorrow just because it is the preferred set-up of their opponents.

Imps boss Gary Simpson takes his side to Essex for their FA Trophy second round clash, and despite coming under criticism for not playing with two up front, Simpson believes it would be a mistake to change their system against a team who are ‘very comfortable’ with that formation.

The City boss may have had last weekend off, but he spent some of it watching tomorrow’s FA Trophy opponents during their impressive 2-0 win against Chester.

“Braintree are a hard working group,” said Simpson. “They are well organised and play 4-4-2. The two lads up top are a handful, they are big and they can play. The one that runs down the flank is also very quick.

“If they are a regular 4-4-2 team and we have not played that system once this season, you have to ask yourself would we want to do that.

"If you are sensible and ask yourself that question, do we really want to play a team that do that week in, week out and use a system we’ve never used?"

Simpson will be without Ben Tomlinson, who serves the final game of his three-match suspension and captain Alan Power is also out due to suspension.

The City boss also has concerns over the fitness of John Nolan and Dan Gray, who are both doubts.

But, while Simpson appears to be down to the bare bones for tomorrow’s FA Trophy clash, he also had a word of praise for his hard-working players.

“We showed the lads the DVD of the Gateshead game, just to show them they are not actually as bad as everyone is making them out to be,” said Simpson.

“Because, apart from their goal and one other chance, we contained them. They didn’t really have any other chances at all. So, it was important the lads realised they are not actually playing badly, we just need to take our chances.

“We put on our best performance under me last season down there at Braintree so they might want to try and make us pay for that.”

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  • Camboimp  |  December 14 2013, 11:00AM

    Another positive, team spirit interview then Simmo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • sfocata  |  December 14 2013, 10:26AM

    It's not really the figures that annoy me about what the Hayes bloke said. I mean, £26k isn't much nowadays and your career is short, and fair enough, it's their responsibility to sort out their post-football jobs, but young male culture of non-education, etc, etc... What annoys me is that he seems to think there ever can be any justification for cheating. If the players were getting a fiver per appearance, they'd still be equally responsible for upholding basic civility and fair play. I hope Hayes have the good sense to fire him.

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  • alltheseyears  |  December 13 2013, 8:57PM

    Did you see the Hayes manager - who's name I know but can't remember - saying he can see why lower league players are tempted by match fixers offering bribes - by pointing out that some are on short term contracts only earning perhaps £60 to £200 per week? For at best an 18 hour week - get a second job moron! Well welcome to the real world chum - almost ALL of us have been working on short term contracts (or long ones where we likely to be made redundant at short notice). Has he ever considered putting his players on nil hours contracts ie if we don't need you to play this week you get no dosh! And Simpson says elsewhere that his players are only paid circa £500 a week. £26K a year!!! on a contract that exceeds most workers expectations these days! The gravy train for these ill educated folks must end - why is my admission money being used so wastefully?

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  • alltheseyears  |  December 13 2013, 8:51PM

    Having read the interview it confirms my view that footie people just inhabit a different far off planet. 4 Up front??? Power alongside Sharp???? Sheridan and Jackson raiding down the wings? It's sad - I don't want us to sack another manager but my 50 years of support is waining. And DON'T flipping buy more players at more inflated wages. Use the ones you've got. Put right the damage you have caused instead of putting MY money (and all you other supporters money - into the pockets of footballers.

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  • Mikecadwel  |  December 13 2013, 8:25PM

    Something different ( just for a laugh ) What will you give me for Christmas ? Gary asked Santa Bob You promised to help out , as much as toy could When you asked me to take on this job I know we started of brightly And losing was nearly unknown Since then some say that my system Has caused us to drop like a stone So, Santa Bob, now its Christmas ( for me you've rearly no choice Just give me the cash , that Scunthorpe gave you When we sold Andrew Boyce We all know that goals, win you matches Our goals for column , looks sore Maybe because of my system Even the Blind Schools , scored more We know its not all about money But having some must help our pride Without it, thers al ways the danger We won't see the turn of the tide So, I ask for your help again Santa Christmas should always bring cheer Lets search far and wide,for the sake of our pride And get a good striker up here Oh , I love it , I could go on and on. Happy Christmas, Regards Mike Cadwell

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  • snoddy  |  December 13 2013, 6:47PM

    Spot on impinexile. Simmo will not change his mo because it would prove he is wrong with his so called tactics and game plan. Another manager would do wonders with the squad that we have at the bank. Your comments are making sense Prof.

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  • plumbob70  |  December 13 2013, 5:29PM

    "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you will keep on getting what you've always got" Dr W.L.Bateman

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  • MacImp  |  December 13 2013, 5:23PM

    Don't know why it posted twice

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  • 1975branfoot  |  December 13 2013, 5:20PM

    Agree Nigel. As a manager you have to change to counteract other teams as well as create something yourself to bother the opposition. We all know defensively we are pretty good (as I predicted at the start of the season) but at the expense of attacking quickly. We are too predictable and even with six forwards we will struggle to score. GS is scared of losing his job by leaving himself open at the back. Brings the team stability and steadies the ship but is so boring to watch. What we could do with a Scott Kerr now!

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  • MacImp  |  December 13 2013, 4:52PM

    This is disappointing to read but to be honest it's not a surprise. When Simmo speaks it is as plain as the nose on your face that he doesn't fully understand the situation and has no idea how to improve. If you want to change the results you get, you have to change how you do it. FA won't because he can't. We will sink, he will be sacked and so wine will have to try to keep us up. Ground Hog Day.

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