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John Nutter takes the lead in cutting out Lincoln City's teething problems

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 24, 2012

John Nutter

Lincoln City's John Nutter

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On the face of it Lincoln City's start this season has been encouraging.

The fixture list made grim reading when it was announced with the first three matches looking pretty daunting.

Three fixtures against play-off contenders, two of them in their own backyards, was not something to relish.

It has proved to be a tough fight and thanks to an opening day win the Imps have managed three points.

Sadly on their travels they have been caught out and while no points have been gained those who have watched have seen progress.

But it is those small margins where the Imps are getting caught out.

And while some can excuse the mistakes because the Imps are competing in games, for John Nutter it cannot carry on.

"We need to show that little bit of resilience in the first 15 minutes and not allow teams to have that impetus," he said following the Imps' 2-1 defeat at Newport County last Saturday.

"I think it is a very young back four and keeper, apart from myself, and I have to take a bit more ownership to make sure they are switched on to what should be done.

"As a group I'm the senior one in there and I need to take a bit more responsibility.

"You cannot afford anyone that space. It is down to me to take ownership of that back four and not allow the boys to get pulled out of their slots and allow that space to open up.

"We did a little bit better in the second half.

"These teething problems will disappear quickly, because we cannot keep saying it.

"The only thing we can take out of it is that last season we would have lost the Newport game by three or four goals.

"But it has to be another step forward now, teething problems are fine, but they cannot be allowed to continue. Hopefully Newport will be the last time."

Saturday sees Macclesfield heading to The 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium.

In previous seasons life has not been rosy for City on their own turf. Heavy home defeats under previous boss Steve Tilson gave the ground a hoodoo.

However, under current boss David Holdsworth the team has fought hard for the home fans and a stronger, defiant atmopshere is building.

And it is a welcome change for Nutter, one of the few left in the squad who experienced the turmoil of last season.

"It is nice to play at home, it is frustrating we haven't got a point from the games we have played on the road.

"We are quite desperate to do well away from home because the travelling fans are fantastic and they give us a great reception which gives us a real lift, so we need to give them something to cheer about.

"But we go back to playing at home and I feel we've got a good record on our own turf so hopefully we can capitalise on that.

"I think there is more togetherness, there is a better attitude about not getting beat, and about fighting back and hopfully that will turn into results.

"Hopefully we can get that bit of luck to turn."

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  • FarnsfieldImp  |  August 25 2012, 8:13PM

    "We need to show that little bit of resilience in the first 15 minutes and not allow teams to have that impetus," Goal conceded in the 12th Minute "I think it is a very young back four and keeper, apart from myself, and I have to take a bit more ownership to make sure they are switched on to what should be done. Yes, you do. Farman was let down today, even switching off for the missed penalty taking two attempts before finally conceding it. "As a group I'm the senior one in there and I need to take a bit more responsibility. Not just you, Power and Mills need to take more collectively. "You cannot afford anyone that space. It is down to me to take ownership of that back four and not allow the boys to get pulled out of their slots and allow that space to open up. For the first 30 minutes Macc dominated all over the park. Much the better side man for man. "These teething problems will disappear quickly, because we cannot keep saying it. You can't and shouldn't, today showed again they keep reappearing. "But it has to be another step forward now, teething problems are fine, but they cannot be allowed to continue. Hopefully Newport will be the last time." History and form tell's me it won't. "We are quite desperate to do well away from home because the travelling fans are fantastic and they give us a great reception which gives us a real lift, so we need to give them something to cheer about. Start at home, think about giving the sub 2,000 home fans something to cheer, more will follow. "I think there is more togetherness, there is a better attitude about not getting beat, and about fighting back and hopefully that will turn into results. You need too, and quick, after today's display we need to stop conceding goals as we look a similar team to last season in for a battle at the bottom. Disappointed Imp

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  • redIMPoster  |  August 25 2012, 7:31PM

    Lol!

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  • redIMPoster  |  August 25 2012, 7:31PM

    Is the word you are trying to use ho****?

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  • franky68  |  August 25 2012, 10:41AM

    I give up

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  • franky68  |  August 25 2012, 10:41AM

    OOops somethings wrong ho****, try again

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  • franky68  |  August 25 2012, 10:40AM

    I've done it again ho****

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  • franky68  |  August 24 2012, 1:18PM

    My mistake in last article was the word ho****

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  • franky68  |  August 24 2012, 1:17PM

    I think reading into Nutter's article he has done the right thing, from what I see at games silly mistakes do take place, and in the main it is generally the last 20 mins of games when the defence seem to fall further back defensively, hence that one mistake close to goal that looses the game. In the Kidderminster game DH must have made himself ho**** in making the defense push up. So yes John Nutter was justified in saying the things he said. We must push on more and make teams work harder to try to beat us, and not easier. Come on boys

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  • Poshimp2  |  August 24 2012, 9:48AM

    His comments about Imps fans at away games are complimentary which goes to show that the players really do respond positively when the support is clear. I was at Cambridge recently and thought that the Imps fans mostly out sung the home end, it's just a shame the result was not one deserved by players and fans alike. Interestingly, and I have often wondered when it might start, at one point in the game there was even a chant of "David Holdsworth's barmy army!" I am still optimistic about this season and believe we will finish much higher than many people expect. Certainly, if the boys continue to play like they did at Cambridge, then we will see more wins than defeats. Can we reach the play-offs? I doubt it, and would settle for seventh to tenth spot. Mind you, who'd have thought the Imps of 02/03 would have made the play-offs?

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  • RIFRIF  |  August 24 2012, 9:03AM

    Harsh....... and , so far, this season..... not true. UTI!

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