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VIDEO: Hamza Bencherif praises Lincoln City fans for vital support

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Hamza Bencherif praised Lincoln City fans for vital support against Barnet

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Goalscorer Hamza Bencherif hailed the impact of the Lincoln City fans in their 2-1 win over Barnet in the Conference Premier on Saturday.

Bencherif headed in the Imps’ second goal of the game in the first half, adding to Jordan Burrow’s opener.

Keanu Marsh-Brown pulled one back for Barnet as they rallied in the second half, but a sterling defensive effort from the Imps kept the hosts at bay.

And afterwards Bencherif said the travelling support of more than 400 fans helped spur them on against the league leaders.

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“The fans have been unbelievable since the beginning of the season at home,” said Bencherif. “On Tuesday they were great and it was brilliant that when we came down after our cool down at Barnet they were still there singing.

“They were really important for us through the whole game. They made themselves heard and gave us a boost when we were digging in a defending.

“So thanks a lot to them and hopefully more can come to the ground and we can celebrate something at the end of the season.”

Watch Lincoln City fans stay behind to cheer the team well after the final whistle at Barnet

Midfielder Bencherif was in the thick of the action against Barnet.

It was his goal on 22 minutes which proved to be the difference between the two sides, but he was also vital as he put in several blocks and headers at the back to keep the hosts at bay in the second half.

“It was a good show from the team. I felt in the first half we played some good football and were the best team. We got the ball moving and scored some goals, and we could have had more,” said Bencherif.

“The second half was tremendous defending. Everybody grafted for each other. I said before the season, the team spirit is so good in the changing room and that will make the difference. We saw that at Barnet, everybody was fighting for each other and we saw that in the result.

“Barnet did not expect us to go at them. We showed what we are capable of in attack and defence. It was a great show from the team, now we have beaten a team that was top of the league, it is a big positive to take on to next Saturday.

“I had a few chances on the first game of the season and it seemed exactly like the one which was cleared off the line against Kidderminster, so it was due. It came to the back post, I headed it and I didn’t expect it. So I was a bit surprised when I scored. I looked at the linesman to see it was not offside and it was okay, so I was buzzing.

“There is a belief. When everyone is positive and everyone is together and going the same way then you can’t expect anything less than good results. We’ve got to keep going that way. It is still early in the season, so we have to take it game by game. We started a little roll and hopefully we can keep it going as long as possible.”

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  • 1975branfoot  |  August 18 2014, 11:42AM

    We were not expected to get a result but did through good attacking play and defending resolutely. Just need a Charlie Adam and we will be ready for most teams in this league. Well done GS praise where its due.

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  • Poshimp2  |  August 18 2014, 10:39AM

    I was one of those who stayed behind with my son Joe; it was a great atmosphere, almost as good as last year following Nolan's very late equaliser. I believe we have some of the very best away fans in this league and if we keep this run going, it won't be long before we see 1,000+ Imps fans at some away games. Well done to Simmo and the lads and a special message for Hamza... Tu as fait un très bon match samedi et tu as pris ton but avec confiance. Je suis bien content que tu aïes signé pour Les Diables! Dis bonjour aux autres français dans l'équipe s-t-p...

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