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26-year-old starts: The Lincoln City XI that Cowley should play v Morecambe tomorrow



Lincoln City travel to the north-west tomorrow afternoon looking for three points to get their title hopes back on track.

The Imps are still top of League Two, two points clear of nearest challengers Bury with a game in hand, but a run of four consecutive draws has hurt their title hopes.

They’re still in pole position for a promotion to League One which, if they achieve it, will be their first spell at that level for two decades.

The days of them being a firmly established Third Division team have long gone, but under Danny Cowley there’s a feeling they could be on their way back.

They need to negotiate a tricky game tomorrow though against a Morecambe side who have won tow on the bounce to pull clear of the relegation zone.

It’ll be a battle for Colwey’s side but if they play the XI below, we think they’ll stand a chance of coming away with all three points.

Matt Gilks

The former Scotland international has been fighting to get fit in recent weeks after a deadline day move.

He’s likely to get a game this weekend if he’s fit, ahead of Grant Smith.

Josh Vickers continues to battle his injury demons after missing the last two months.

Neal Eardley

Eardley is one of the first names on the team sheet and this game will be no different.

He’s an experienced player who has lost a yard of pace, but makes up for it with understanding of the game.

Harry Toffolo

Former Norwich trainee Toffolo has been ever-present at left back this season and goes from strength to strength for the Imps.

He’s got bags of pace and loves to link up with Bruno Andrade on the flank.

Jason Shackell

The experienced defender has been a key player for Lincoln, with a no-nonsense approach to the game. He’s got five goals too and has been vital in their rise up the table.

He’s showing no signs of slowing down, despite being 35-years-old and he’s sure to play against Morecambe.

Michael Bostwick

In recent weeks, Bostwick has been played in midfield, but he’s one we think should return to the centre of defence.

New signing Cian Bolger is the one who misses out for us, but the Imps were flying before Christmas, with a partnership of Bostwick and Shackell.

Michael O'Connor

The former Crewe midfielder is industrious and provides a link between the attacking players and those at the back.

He’s battled back from a serious injury last season to become a key player for the Imps and he’s one they’ll need on form if they’re to get one over on Jim Bentley’s team.

Tom Pett

Pett picked up a PFA Player of the Month award earlier in the season, but has played out wide recently where he’s not quite as effective.

We’d love to see him back in the centre of the pitch, carrying the ball forward and linking the play as effectively as he did in August.

Bruno Andrade

Andrade has four goals in three matches and has been a revelation since joining from Boreham Wood.

The former QPR midfielder bagged twice against Stevenage, only for current QPR man Ilias Chair to steal his limelight with a late brace.

Jordan Roberts

The Imps’ fans haven’t seen much of their on loan Ipswich man, he got a brief run out against Bury a couple of weeks ago but hasn’t been seen much since.

With Harry Anderson suspended, we’d love to see the former Crawley man given a chance to show what he can do, either on the flank or down the centre

Danny Rowe

Rowe is another Ipswich player on loan at Sincil Bank and once again, we think he has to start.

He could switch from out wide to sitting in the ten role behind John Akinde and with three goals since joining in January, he’s an effective force in either role.

John Akinde

Akinde was a big-money buy in the summer and whilst his goals return hasn’t been as impressive as hoped, his all-round contribution has been excellent.

He’s a big, bustling striker who will always cause problems for defenders. He’s a real handful and can impact games in many ways other than goals.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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