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Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson understands why fans booed Alan Power

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

Alan Power was booed by Lincoln City fans on Saturday

Alan Power was booed by Lincoln City fans on Saturday

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Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson said he understood the fans’ frustrations after captain Alan Power was booed after being named the sponsors’ man-of-the-match in City’s 1-1 draw with Chester FC in the Skrill Premier.

Lincoln had opened the scoring on 16 minutes through Delano Sam-Yorke.

However, Chester hit back straight after half-time through Matty Taylor.

Power had a golden chance to put Lincoln back in the lead from the penalty spot on the hour mark.

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Matthew Brown handled the ball in the box and referee Colin Lymer made no hesitation to point straight to the spot.

Power stepped up, but his effort lacked the power to go past Aaron Chapman in the Chester goal and the keeper judged correctly to get down to his right and palm the ball away.

The Imps limped through the second half and it was to the astonishment of the crowd that Power was named the sponsors man of the match.

It was met by boos around the ground when his name was read out by the match announcer.

Simpson said a hero can turn to a villain very quickly in football.

“It is disappointing,” said Simpson. “You don’t want to hear anyone boo one of your own players.

“I know people get frustrated. You win a game you are the hero, you lose a game you are the villain, I know that more than anybody.

“The penalty was one of them where the goalkeeper has guessed the right way.

“By and large he’s got the bottle to take it, and you will come in for a bit of stick when you miss the penalty.”

Simpson admitted afterwards his side’s failure to take charge in the second half proved costly.

The result left Lincoln 15th in the table, 11 points off the relegation zone and 10 points from the promotion places.

“I think in the first half we looked a decent team,” said Simpson.

“If we had taken our chances we could have been well ahead at half-time.

“It shows that we are lacking that little bit of know-how on how to go and finish games off and kill teams off.

“At the moment it is a case of kicking on and getting safe and do as best we can with one eye on the future.”

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  • Sweepclean  |  February 25 2014, 12:17PM

    Hi Croozey Yes I agree with what you've posted, and I think we should just play Jordan as a standby centre back as he not good enough in mid field and he's our weak link, probably Nolan or Gray would be better alongside Power. But next season I think our priority should be a midfield player who is confident in that position and on the ball and can see defence splitting passes. But as you say I think we have the makings of a decent team with probably additional players added in pre-season to make it a solid team and progress further than we have this season. After all it took York 8 seasons to gain promotion by gradually building and improving the squad each season.

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  • Croozey  |  February 25 2014, 11:01AM

    Sweep, I think Miller and Newton's ability is easily good enough for this league and they look comfortable. When they receive the ball, as full backs they will have a bit of time to look up and play a decent pass, or see a space and "heads-down" go on a run down the wing. -I think they are being encouraged not to be afraid to run with it, if you get a space, by the manager. Do you think Power is playing slightly further forward these last few games, since Adams arrival, and so forcing the opposition to check him as more of a priority. I think maybe he was receiving the ball in a more deeper position before and was getting more time. He needs to adapt and be sharper when he first receives the ball I guess. Jordan needs to be rotated a bit. Sheridan's ok for me, I like him. I think Tomlinson and the lad from Cambridge up front are doing alright now. We've definatley got the bones of a team starting to shine through. Individually not bad, but the formation and style have got to be the most dull and boring I've ever seen. I also think we lack fitness, compared to other teams, which is why the loan players always look good when they first get here.

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  • franky68  |  February 25 2014, 9:14AM

    I think you have hit the nail on the had Sweep ,Jordan has had some good games at CH which is his position, but he is starting to get in the way of both Power and Adams, who was a bit out of sorts Sat. We really need Rowe or Gray in there, which would make such a difference. The booing won't do any harm Power may well improve his game on the ball and not getting caught with it so much,when he knocks early balls he can be good. come on boys.

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  • Sweepclean  |  February 24 2014, 6:49PM

    Hi Croozey When you say Power is the only spec of culture in the team you obviously don't rate Miller & Newton who are also very good on the ball, especially Newton. But I think the problem might be with Power he doesn't have any confidence in Jordan and seems to want to do it all his self, because Jordan is definitely our weak link in midfield and we have better players on the bench that could replace him, probably it would then give Power more confidence to push on.

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  • franky68  |  February 24 2014, 12:27PM

    Yes can agree with you there Croozy, and he is the best, I am guilty of having a bit of a go, but getting home and thinking about it ,thought again as you say ,he has had 1/2 bad games lately, and its all about points at present, and could have been very close to play-offs. However lets look forward to the future. come on boys

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  • minty  |  February 24 2014, 12:26PM

    I reckon Paddy Power is our most cultured player,but for the the last three home games he has not been at his best.I was sitting in the COOP stand just above where he received the ball after the m o m announcement,and it looked like the so called fans started booing before he touched the ball.Proper fans shouldn't treat their own like this.If thats the case why didn't they boo DSY,he didn't hold the ball up like he had in previous games which lead to the ball coming straight back, putting pressure on the midfielders, causing them to get caught on the ball and constantly giving it away.

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  • tombstone888  |  February 24 2014, 12:12PM

    Hope Gary ( one up front ) SImpson makes a new coach a priority for next season just to get other systems in place.The last coach that thought outside the box was Mr Macdonald, all we have at the moment is the one that takes the team to away matches......

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  • Croozey  |  February 24 2014, 11:40AM

    I thought Power played alright. Hard to have picked a winner, and admit, it the penalty miss should have eliminated him from MOM contenders. Townsend would have won it had we kept a clean sheet. But honestly Franky he's been getting pelters from the stand for a while. Could be that other managers know he's our play-maker, and target to badger him whenever he receives the ball. Take him out the team and we are playing nothing but back 4 to opponents half, up and under's.

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  • franky68  |  February 24 2014, 10:42AM

    think the way o sum this up is yes Alan does put alt into games, and I like him too, but unfortunately on Sat, a lot of what he did was getting caught on the ball, loosing it and putting us under constant pressure, and their Mngr is no fool, and in the second half they closed him down a lot more, and they also played on the weakness of Jordan, why he get selected is beyond me?? MOM for me was the guy who saved a point for us- Townsend. That's where the frustration came on from the fans Croozy, and understandably as well. Look at the table we could have been 2/3 places higher?? come on boys

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  • cycott_99  |  February 24 2014, 10:37AM

    good first half / very poor second 2 points chucked away MC

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