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Power: Win shows Lincoln City have the goals in us

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Power: Win shows Lincoln City have the goals in us
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Hat-trick hero Alan Power is hoping Lincoln City have proved the doubters wrong after they smashed five past Stalybridge Celtic.

Lincoln have notched two 3-0 wins this season, with victories against Hyde FC in the Skrill Premier and Worcester City in an FA Cup replay. But they have also failed the find the net at all on nine occasions as well.

However, Power believes the win in the FA Trophy against Stalybridge has underlined the goal-scoring credentials in the side.

"I don't think that this season we have been outplayed, but the goals haven't been there," said Power.

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"However, we've netted five against Stalybridge and that was without our leading goalscorer Ben Tomlinson. There are goals in us. I know I needed to score more goals, so we will kick on from there.

"It's nice to get a win. For the club it was a good thing to happen. It was important to show that we are capable of scoring that many goals.

"Some of the football we played in the first half was tremendous, and I was glad there were some fans who came along to see that.

"I think the quality of the squad is up there in the league. I think the performances have been there this season, but the goals haven't. So, hopefully, a win like this will get our season up and running."

Power scored in the Imps' 3-2 defeat at Luton's Kenilworth Road earlier in the campaign, but since then has struggled to find the net.

The midfielder now hopes after netting the first hat-trick of his professional career that he will be able to kick on and get his name on the score sheet again.

"I think I had a good few goals last season at this stage," said Power. "Hopefully this hat-trick will kick my season off in terms of goals.

"The manager has been telling me to get in the box more.

"I had one at Luton away and I thought that would kick me off.

"However, during the week leading up to the Stalybridge game I have been working on getting in the box and getting my shots away.

"I know one was a penalty and another a free-kick, but I'll take them."

City boss Gary Simpson was pleased to see his side deliver the goods against Stalybridge after what had been a lean spell for the side.

And he revealed that he has put the impetus on other players to get in the mix as well.

"We haven't scored enough goals in terms in forward players," said Simpson.

"Everyone has to chip in. Nat Brown is coming forward to desperately attack something in the box, be it from a corner.

"We have spoken to him about it not being a token effort. The last two or three games he has gone at it as if he's meant it.

"We obviously lost Andrew Boyce, who used to get on the end of those kind of balls in the box. So we need to add that again with someone else."

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  • franky68  |  December 09 2013, 3:41PM

    EYImp:We'll have to wait and see how the selections come out of the hat, be interesting after what you say about Sheridan and Fofana, couldn't agree more. But these managers always seem to see games alot differently to ourselves, just cant't uderstand it sometimes.Can't make tomorrow, but will see you on boxing day I hope.Take care. come on boys

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  • EYImp  |  December 09 2013, 2:19PM

    That should read 'I THOUGHT that Jake Sheridan (ran at defenders and caused them problems) and Mo Fofana (solid, as ever) played well against Stalybridge. I hope that they both start against Gateshead tomorrow evening.

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  • EYImp  |  December 09 2013, 2:17PM

    I hope that Jake Sheridan (ran at defenders and caused them problems) and Mo Fofana (solid, as ever) played well against Stalybridge. I hope that they both start against Gateshead tomorrow evening.

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  • EYImp  |  December 09 2013, 2:12PM

    I thought that Jake Sheridan (ran at defenders, caused them problems) and Mo Fofana (solid, as ever) played well against Stalybridge. I hope that they both start against Gateshead, tomorrow.

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  • snoddy  |  December 09 2013, 1:31PM

    That would be realistically pedantic then.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 09 2013, 10:15AM

    Pedantic! :-) no, realistic, yes :-)

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  • snoddy  |  December 09 2013, 9:15AM

    No I didn't say that if a ref has got it wrong it is a fix. Digressing! Wow I wonder who is digressing. I am just sticking to my comment about one person could fix the outcome of a game. Prof I think that you are being ah lets see now, for the want of a better word I'l try pedantic.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 08 2013, 10:29PM

    Lots of digression going on here. The point was made that just one person and one person alone, can fix the outcome/result of a game. A ref working alone could never achieve that, without it being blatantly obvious. Yes refs have been caught out as EMG states, but certainly in Italy, the refs were not "working" alone, and the german guy was "blatantly" obvious, hence he was caught out.

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 08 2013, 9:17PM

    Lots to cover here. 1) Newport had a multi millionaire backer which might be one reason they have done well. Same goes for Crawley. Stockport got nobbled by the ex owners who nearly took them out of business hence their fall. Lincoln do well to keep going at the moment. 2) the fixing is surrounding the scores in games usually before half time, in terms of numbers of goals scored. As Nigel says, fixing a result of a game is incredibly hard. 3) refs were implicated in the Italy Calcopoli (spelling) scandal as Juve were putting a lot of pressure on and more. In Germany a ref got done for it. There is the scope for them to fix if say someone was to bet there will be a red in a game. As cricket showed, people can bet on absolutely anything. The whole scandal was based on the number of no balls and when. And in football Mat Le Tiss famously admitted making a mess of kicking the ball out for a throwing from kick off for a betting thing

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  • snoddy  |  December 08 2013, 9:02PM

    Got it one Macimp.

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