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Lincoln City can match best in Blue Square Bet Premier, says Paul Farman

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

In fine form: Paul Farman has been superb for Lincoln in recent weeks

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Paul Farman remains convinced Lincoln City can match the best the Blue Square Bet Premier has to offer despite their spluttering run of form.

Lincoln crashed to their fourth defeat of the season on Tuesday night when Alfreton came from behind to record a 2-1 victory.

With injuries mounting, Lincoln face another tough test of their resources when they travel to Telford this weekend.

Alan Power and Andrew Boyce were both added to the treatment table on Tuesday night with Conal Platt, Rob Duffy, Tom Miller and Adam Smith also sidelined.

And Farman believes a fully-fit Lincoln are still a match for anyone.

"We proved in the opening few games of the season that we can match anyone in this league," he said.

"But the injuries have really hurt us. They have disrupted the rhythm of the team and anyone losing as many first-team players as we have would feel the force of that.

"Unfortunately we have lost two more now in Alan and Boycey and that's a blow.

"You only have to look at Dan Gray who has played right-back, centre midfield and centre-back already this season.

"But we've just got to stick together and come through it and I'm sure we will because we have some extremely talented players here."

Although Lincoln have stuttered in recent weeks, Farman has been a revelation thanks to some stunning performances.

It has been noted by the supporters who have quickly taken him to their hearts.

But he says there is plenty he needs to work on.

"The fans have been absolutely outstanding and it means so much to me to hear them singing my praises," he said.

"But although I have been happy with my performances, I need to put in some more work because I want to improve my distribution for a start."

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  • Sweepclean  |  September 07 2012, 3:42PM

    Although Paul Farman has done well and made some fine saves it was his hesitation that led to the 2nd goal of Alfreton. He does tend to hesitate on whether to come out or not. But also in the Alfreton match he did stop about 3 shots that were goal bound.

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  • Dale_1981  |  September 07 2012, 10:32AM

    We can't compete with the best in the BSP by a long way. On 'our day' we might put up a fight, but competing is a season long enterprise. Unfortunately, injuries cannot be used as excuses. The BSP's best teams have strength in depth meaning that they can compete all of the time. The fact that we have a small squad means, quite simply, we can't. One off wins when we are fully fit does not constitute 'competing'. Unfortunately there's not much that we can do about it in the current financial climate, but lets be honest and admit that we're well off the mark rather than talking up a team that can't produce the goods!

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  • wragbyred3  |  September 07 2012, 10:28AM

    Stick to the job Paul. You have done ok so far, don't get involved in making silly comments. We can't compete with the best. While we have about 27 players on the books we only have half a dozen who are up to scratch. The remainder are either untried youngsters or very lucky to be playing football full time for a living, unlike the players at Ebbsfleet, Alfreton and Telford. When fit the back line is ok, in Taylor and Larkin we have players who can score, but the middle of the park is woefull.

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  • JonnyImp  |  September 07 2012, 10:05AM

    Here we go again.Player comment because the Echo havent got a story.Stick to football Mr Farman.We all know what the problem is.Just read the countless comments on this and other websites.You are well down the pecking order when it comes to reasuring the fans that things will get better.

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  • redimp45  |  September 07 2012, 9:30AM

    Statistics do not lie. The Imps are again a very poor team . please stop getting players to make statements , the players are unlikely to lambast the their team mates in the press. This is just an insult to the paying supporter who can see no improvement in results. Talk on the pitch not the press.

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  • danny_imp  |  September 07 2012, 8:17AM

    Its nice to see that he is aware of his major weakness. I believe that Farman has done a good job and deserves a lot of credit for his performances! Some of the defeats would have been by a much wider margin if he hadn't made magnificent saves

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