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Holdsworth keen to curb Liverpool talk at Lincoln City after Woking defeat

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth

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David Holdsworth says the hype surrounding a potential FA Cup date with Liverpool has "driven him mad" as he banned talk about the five-time European champions.

Lincoln could host the Reds in January in one of the biggest games in the club's history providing they can beat Mansfield in a second round replay on Wednesday.

Cup fever has gripped the city as a result with the prospect of facing Brendan Rodgers' side dominating everybody's thoughts ahead of tomorrow's Blue Square Bet Premier clash at Dartford.

Holdsworth, whose side lost 2-0 at home to Woking on Tuesday, confessed trying to quell the excitement is becoming an increasingly difficult task.

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"The last few days have been hard work," he said.

"Since Sunday all I have heard about is this draw and the FA Cup and it's driven me mad if I am honest.

"I understand the excitement, but the FA Cup is for another day, all I want to concentrate on is the league.

"Yes I know there is a big prize at stake on Wednesday, but it is next week.

"I've had to pretty much ban talk about the cup because we have a very important league game against Dartford.

"We want a good result because we let ourselves down against Woking."

With such a big game on the horizon on Wednesday, Holdsworth says he does not expect it to affect his players against Dartford on Saturday.

He will demand the usual levels of intensity having admitted his side were below par against Woking.

But he says their "honesty and integrity" should allay any fears that they will take it easy in a bid to avoid injury or suspension.

Changes are expected on Saturday, however, and Holdsworth says players lucky enough to be given a rare start have it all to do to make an impression.

And he warned those who are not up to the task may well leave the club in January when the transfer window opens.

"My players are honest so I have no concerns about taking Dartford lightly just because the Mansfield game is around the corner," he said.

"But I will make changes and those players who do come in have to grasp the chance with both hands.

"The transfer window opens in a month and I don't need to bring in any players, but I would have no qualms in shifting a few out the door.

"Not performing when it matters makes my job very easy at the end of the day.

"I will have decisions to make when the window opens and believe me I will be brutally honest."

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  • EYImp  |  December 07 2012, 8:09PM

    Franky68, due to work commitments, I couldn't make it to the Woking game, but from all the recent matches I have seen, your suggested teams seem to be our strongest elevens available. I judge wingers by their end product and Adam Smith, although skilful, does not get many good crosses in. Nicky Nicolau is the better option for me. UTI

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  • franky68  |  December 07 2012, 7:23PM

    I think we should play Gray&Fofana in th midfield especially with the strongarm Mansfield side, Robson at RB, a man who will never let the team down. but definitely not Bore, if he appears we've had it. Give the armband back to Miller, and bring Nicolau back in wide left Sheridan right, and Oliver up front tomorrow, and Jamie Taylor back in on Wednesday. come on boys

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  • salfordimp  |  December 07 2012, 5:13PM

    Ok. some hype is going on, A few weeks ago posters where saying DH out and what a **** squad he had produced, Let's get back to basics... This is a tight league we are in, many L2 teams would struggle in (we should know). So lets not get on individual players backs, and let them get on with job in hand. If you was in the same situation, with suddenly put in the limelight with a certain project going well, would you not stutter?

  • Sweepclean  |  December 07 2012, 4:10PM

    Well said RedImpsfan Mills reminds me of Hands who we used to have in midfield. The sooner DH realises this and get another midfielder the same size as Forfana in as a replacement for Mills the better.

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  • redimpsfan  |  December 07 2012, 9:31AM

    Without Mo Fofana next to him Mills is lost. All mouth and very little true contribution. City can do better than him and his replacement should be a matter of urgency.

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 06 2012, 11:07AM

    Seems to be do as I say and not as I do. Ban all talk of the cup game and state it is getting in the way. But then make a raft of changes to a winning team in order to make sure the team for the cup game is fresh and fighting fit. I am not saying that is a problem, but it is easy to see why the players, fans etc are thinking more about the cup when the manager is making decisions that put the cup as a priority at the expense of the league.

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  • franky68  |  December 06 2012, 10:36AM

    I totally agree redimp, was'nt he an embarrasment for a captain, not only that but he was upsetting the whole team getting onto them when he could'nt get his own game right. I would say he was partly responsible for the loss. come on boys

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  • Sweepclean  |  December 06 2012, 10:28AM

    And Smith could hold his hand on the way out, if he wasn't so lazy he would be Okay

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  • redimpsfan  |  December 06 2012, 9:56AM

    You could start with your captain.........

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