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Three loan deals extended by Lincoln City miss out on defender Josh Gowling (VIDEO)

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: November 26, 2010

Three loan deals extended by Lincoln City miss out on defender Josh Gowling

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STEVE TILSON was defeated in his bid to keep Josh Gowling at Lincoln City yesterday despite making several pleas to extend his loan from Gillingham.

The Imps boss revealed the defender will be heading back to Kent after tomorrow's FA Cup clash at Hereford which will bring his impressive one-month stay to a close.

However, Tilson fared much better with MK Dons' Luke Howell, Arsenal's Gavin Hoyte and Millwall's Ashley Grimes before last night's deadline, with the trio set to stay until next year.

But the former Southend boss could not hide his dismay at losing Gowling, who has aided Lincoln's recovery from a lacklustre start to the season.

"I was delighted to sign up three of the four players, but there was not much I could do about Josh," he said.

"He is Gillingham's player and they are well within their rights to call him back.

"It is a blow because he's done fantastically well for us since joining us. He wanted to stay because he is playing football and he was enjoying it here.

"We certainly tried to push it all the way in order to keep him and so too did his agent.

"We just have to keep our eye on him, but it does leave us short. There was one player I could have signed to fill his position, but he has a slight thigh strain."

Both Grimes and Hoyte are set to play against the Bulls tomorrow with the Imps just one victory away from a potential money-spinning third round tie against a Premier League side.

The finance would provide the club with a welcome boost having recorded losses of close to £200,000 which are set to be announced at the club's Annual Meeting next month.

Tilson said he would love an away draw at Manchester United or Liverpool in the next round insisting the rewards will help fund his makeover of the squad.

But he insists City, who were beaten 5-0 by Bury on Tuesday, face a tough task to make the draw despite beating Hereford 3-1 last weekend.

"Just because we beat them doesn't mean we will have a psychological advantage and both sides will be on an even keel tomorrow afternoon," he said.

"They have a couple of players out which could be to our advantage, but even then it will still be tough."

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    sammyimp, lincoln  |  November 26 2010, 4:58PM

    Gutted that Gowling is going back, he's an excellant player & will leave a huge gap in our back four.... Think we'll bounce back tomorrow after tuesdays defeat.... The players will want to prove to everyone that it was just a blip lol.. Looking forward to a big team in the next round :-)

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    Andrew Harris, Leicester  |  November 26 2010, 9:11AM

    Although I was disappointed with Tuesday's result I wasn't disheartened. On another day we could have gone in at half time on equal terms or ahead. At 1-0 down we hit hit the bar and had one or two goalmouth scrambles. The first goal must have been a downer for the team - you don't expect the goalkeeper to let a simple one in like that and the other two goals in the first half were saveable. If Steve Tilson is looking at the loan market he should be considering a goalkeeper. Anyon is the one player who can perform badly every week and have no worries about whether he will be picked for the next game. Real competition might improve his performances.

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