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Holdsworth vows to make full use of Lincoln City squad

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

David Holdsworth

Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth

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David Holdsworth is confident his established stars will not sulk despite being axed from his starting line-up.

The Lincoln boss left Nicky Nicolau and John Nutter out of his squad for Tuesday night's 3-0 win against Braintree as City stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches.

With several players also coming back from the treatment table, competition for places is becoming increasingly fierce at Sincil Bank.

But the City chief said everybody would have an important role especially as they face five games in 22 days.

"There are players sitting in the stands who will be disappointed at not being in the team, but it's a squad game," he said. "We are going to need those boys over the next few weeks given the fixtures we have so it's important we have a fit and healthy squad.

"I realise I cannot keep everybody happy all of the time, but they will all be treated right.

"There is a hole in my door because it's been knocked on so often and the players know they will have my support.

"Besides the team spirit is so good here I know there will be no problems with whoever does or does not make the team."

Lincoln will look to make full use of their squad again when they make the long trip to Barrow this weekend as they look to go eight games unbeaten.

It is the best unbeaten run since the 2008/09 season when Peter Jackson's side went nine games without defeat from mid-September to early November.

Buoyed by two excellent performances against Walsall in the FA Cup and against Braintree and the form of ten-goal striker Jamie Taylor, Holdsworth is hoping to maintain an impressive run.

"We are on a terrific run and that is helped by the great togetherness we have," he said.

"The players are focused, the back room staff are focused and I am focused.

"It's imperative we maintain these standards now because the two performances against Braintree and Walsall were very good.

"But there's no doubt we will be put to the test by Barrow because they are a tough side.

"But we will be ready for them. We have to make sure our preparation is right and it will be."

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  • redIMPoster  |  November 08 2012, 5:37PM

    It wasn't so long ago that we had a threadbare squad and would worry about every injury we picked up. Now with a bit more strength and depth Holdsworth can afford to pick and choose his players to suit the occasion, rest players, hold in reserve ideal replacements for suspension or injury, keep players in the squad who deserve their place and let others know the score by replacing them if they are not cutting the mustard. On the pitch the players are playing with pride and look hungry for a win every time they play - and it's been a long time since we have seen that at SB. I know some people are wary of Holdsworth's revolving door but let's face it he does it using no money, tries before he buys and has not yet given anyone a contract who is not worthy of a game. As long as he can be happy with his squad and only adds when needed then I think this season can be a good season of consolidation and then next season could be the big push. However, it won't happen if everyone keeps moaning about the manager though - so lets get behind him and the team and see how far up that league we can go!

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