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Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson: We are up and running

By ACurtis_LE  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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Imps boss Gary Simpson delighted with first win of the season

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Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson could not hide his delight at the way his side earned their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Altrincham last night. 

Goals from Jordan Burrow and substitute Conner Robinson gave Simpson's side a comfortable 2-0 lead until Damian Reeves reduced the deficit in injury time for the Robins. 

It was a sign of how far City have developed in recent seasons that the only blot on the night was not keeping a clean sheet.

Simpson said: "I am delighted with the win. I thought we made hard work of it to be honest. We were quite dominant at times but probably our own carelessness put us into trouble. 

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"We have gone 2-0 up and been a bit sloppy again.  They have ended up pinching one at the death and it was perhaps 45 seconds we didn’t need to go through. 

"It was a game we needed to win if I am perfectly honest but I knew it would be difficult. The pitch was difficult, you couldn’t run with the ball. The grass was that long it was untrue. We struggled to run with it."

Altrincham, beaten by Aldershot on the opening day, were not match for a City side with solidity in defence and guile in midfield. 

That combination, allied to the willing endeavours of Burrow, Ben Tomlinson and Marcus Marshall in attack, was too much for the newly promoted hosts. 

Burrow deservedly put City ahead in the 12th minute when he rose at the far post to head home Sean Newton's perfectly placed cross. 

They could have added to their tally with Hamza Bencherif's 25-yarder in the 33rd minute had not found Altrincham goalkeeper Stuart Coburn in fine form. 

The Robins had one shot of note in the opening half when Sean Williams forced Nick Townsend into a superb left-footed save. 

But it was the only scare for a City side that dominated possession and substitute Robinson added a second with a volley from another Newton cross in the 81st minute. 

The home pulled a goal back in injury time through Reeves, but there was even time for Simpson to give new signing Karl Ledsham his debut as a second-half sub.

However, Simpson revealed that the striker is to undergo surgery in the next couple of weeks to sort out a groin problem. 

Simpson added: "He has got this problem – tendonitis right in his groin. It is right into his pubis bone. He has got to have an injection in it.

"We have got the scan back and the surgeon is going to put him to sleep next week or the week after, he will have an injection in it and hopefully it will settle down after that. 

"We can get 20 mins or half-an-hour out of him. The kid is so frustrated at the moment it is untrue. At least we can use him for a bit while we get the others patched up."

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  • CardiffImp  |  August 14 2014, 7:48AM

    ... yes Barnet flying after 2 games but very early days indeed. Would be absolutely brilliant if we got 3 points on Saturday, but as it stands a point would also be good. I'm sure Barnet will see this game as a bit of a 'test' or 'marker' for their season also. If Barnet do indeed end up being one of the 'top' teams this season, then its probably a go thing we play them at their patch early on which means we'll give them a lovely 'New Years' present on 4th January! So here's to 3 points on Saturday with a 3-1 win to the Imps - yes you heard it here first Barnet to come back down to earth with a bump thanks to the mighty Imps :)

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  • iancalvert1  |  August 13 2014, 10:36PM

    An excellent game to listen too must admit my heart was pounding when Altrincham scored. Hoping for at least a point on sat as much as i hate to say it barnet are flying so far so will be a very tricky game.

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  • sadimp  |  August 13 2014, 3:41PM

    Without putting a damper on the win, the team has to stop conceding these injury time goals,

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  • Dale_1981  |  August 13 2014, 12:26PM

    I said on monday, Burrow does more than he's given credit for. Again,Tomlinson out of the game being played too far away from Burrow. Brown and Diagne, not had bad games again but too lightweight and prone to the odd 'lapse' which happened right at the end. Get Bensherrif in the centre of defence. A good away win, 3 points on the board and something solid to build on. Probably would have drawn that or lost it 1-0 last season. UTI

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  • redimps1  |  August 13 2014, 12:07PM

    Good win Simmo! Keep it going please! Tough test at the bees saturday!

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  • eatmygoal  |  August 13 2014, 9:45AM

    Good write up. We are now unbeaten in 8 :-)

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  • franky68  |  August 13 2014, 9:35AM

    Really good game all round, City more or less dominated for most of the game, and John Nolan was just amazing the way he continued to find so much room for himself throughout the game, much better from last season now he's hitting tackles. come on boys

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