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Lincoln City boss backs Paul Farman after horror show against Grimsby Town

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

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Lincoln City goalkeeper Paul Farman holds his head after the corner goes straight in for Grimsby's fourth

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David Holdsworth insisted his players had "beat themselves" after a rampant Grimsby Town gave Lincoln City the Boxing Day blues yesterday.

The Imps boss watched on as the promotion-chasing Mariners stormed to a 4-1 victory at Sincil Bank to remain top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table.

But Grimsby were given a helping hand with a mistake from Paul Farman and an Andrew Boyce own goal proving instrumental in defeat.

Holdsworth said mistakes decided the outcome of the fiery encounter as City slumped to their biggest loss at home to the Mariners since 1957.

"We beat ourselves," he said.

"There were too many mistakes and they cost us.

"Paul made an error for the first goal, while Tom Miller should have dealt better with his situation for the second.

"Nobody could legislate for the mistakes we made and from players who would not normally make them.

"While we have been very solid in some games, this was a day the players will want to forget as quickly as possible.

"As you would expect they were extremely disappointed afterwards because they felt they had let the fans down."

Holdsworth refused to criticise Farman for his part in the first goal when he dropped Joe Colbeck's cross which allowed Andy Cook to rifle home.

The former Gateshead stopper apologised on Twitter in the aftermath of the game saying he would "bounce back".

Having been one of Lincoln's best players this season, Holdsworth said Farman was not the only one at fault.

"I do not judge people on just one game," he said.

"Paul has been fantastic for us this season and he is a very good prospect.

"Unfortunately when you are the last line of defence, a mistake more often than not will result in a goal.

"But to be fair he has come in to the dressing room and apologised.

"This is just not about Paul, though because others made mistakes too."

City will now look to make amends on Saturday when they host Gateshead and Holdsworth said he would make changes.

"There will be changes but that is because we have a very busy fixture list and recovery time is short."

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  • franky68  |  December 30 2012, 1:45PM

    could'nt agree more Mac Imp, well said don't know whether you went to Gateshead match, but I think most of what Preece did was good for me, his throwing out as well, and also the time he saved us with goalkicks not messing around placing the ball in just the right place before kicking it, and the immediate understanding with Garner when he came on, and commanding the whole of his 18yd area.Farman can certainly learn alot from him to make him a more improved GK come on boys and Farman

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  • Fishy  |  December 29 2012, 9:00PM

    You can put both in goal and we will still hammer you on New Year's Day hahahahahaha and plzbring more than 500 fans bait

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  • MacImp  |  December 29 2012, 12:50PM

    I keep saying it is not ability vs experience. It's a package. Raw ability is great but ability plus experience is even better. A player with less ability but more experience can do a beter job if the degree of ability is not too low. It's about balance. Nigel, you keep turning it into ability vs experience but as far as I can see you are the only one having thus debate. Balance. The question does Preece's ability, even if lower than Farman's, plus his experience offer us a viable alternative to Farman? Not a permanent replacement but an alternative to be used tactically.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 29 2012, 12:24PM

    Your theory of being safe etc and give the youngsters a chance is a good one, however it never really happens. I can recall being safe last season with a couple of games to spare and 2 seasons prior to that with games to spare, and take last season as a prime example the "kids" being given something like 10 or 15 mins on the pitch! With no reserve side it is extremely difficult for "kids" to make it these days, because everyone keeps banging on about "experience" as being the key ingredient rather than "ability" for success, and managers under pressure from directors to succeed means they won't play a "kid" especially a keeper, which is really disappointing. Where will the next generation of "experienced" keepers come from if managers continue with that mentality? Even at the highest level of English football, Chelsea have a brilliant 19 year old keeper on their books, but Chelsea wouldn't play him even though Cech had some poor games. The lad is in his second season on loan to Athletico Madrid, currently lying 2nd in La Liga, and is their number 1. The Spanish don't seem to have a problem in playing young lads in goal, but in England we just keep banging on about "experience" or rather the lack of it. It is all about "ability" isn't it?

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  • MacImp  |  December 29 2012, 11:46AM

    That sounds like a good reason for signing as it will improve the standard of our keepers, which brings us full circle, the keepers we have aren't yet as good as need them to be cede have a young defence. If we were firmly ensconced mid-table with no chance of either relegation or play-offs we could write this season off as a building season and let the youngsters develop and grow. However, we have a chance of a play-off position and IMO we need to add some experience if we have it available to us at the right standard.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 29 2012, 11:35AM

    But as you have just said, you'll not know unless you play them? No having watched these guys in training one of the other keepers is looking very good indeed, certainly as good as Farman at this point in time (I believe he is 3 or 4 years younger than Farman), and by all accounts, is thought of very highly by the club. Sometimes you need to look in your own back yard before looking elsewhere, although having read the various articles regarding the signing of Preece, it appears the primary reason for his arrival, is for coaching.

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  • MacImp  |  December 29 2012, 11:20AM

    He was the only clear first choice. I suspect the answer to your question Nigel is that the others aren't good enough and may not be with us for long. Why else would we sign Preece?

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 29 2012, 11:08AM

    Farman wasn't our only keeper before the arrival of Preece Macimp. There are 2 other keepers at the club. So why not give one of them the chance?

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 29 2012, 11:05AM

    Farman wasn't our only keeper before the arrival of Preece Macimp. There are 2 other keepers at the club. So why not give one of them the chance?

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  • MacImp  |  December 29 2012, 10:30AM

    No one knows if Preece will do better. No one knows he won't and there is only one way to Find out. Be clear though, comments are not based on just one game but on a spate of errors. Farman is a good keeper but he is now not our only keeper.

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