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.”