This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Lincoln City recently appointed Michael Appleton as their new manager, but he won’t have been pleased with what he witnessed from the Imps at the weekend.
They were thrashed 6-0 by Oxford United at Sincil Bank, where Appleton watched from the stands, as caretaker boss Jamie McCombe saw out his final game in the dugout.
Football League World’s Lincoln fan pundit Nathan Loveridge issued his thoughts on Appleton’s appointment, and feels as though he is a good enough successor to Danny Cowley.
“Michael Appleton seems like the right kind of manager to take over from the Cowley brothers. Considering his style of football, which allows our players to be utilised to the best of their abilities, and his experience with man-management, being an assistant manager in the Premier League.
“This means that he should be more than capable of keeping morale high and re-instilling a winning mentality, which seems to have been lost slightly since the Cowleys’ departure.”
The fan pundit revealed that Lincoln had struggled to adapt to life since Cowley’s departure, and is remaining hopeful that Appleton is the right manager to turn their fortunes around this season.
“Appleton also seems like a manager with an eye for detail, and a hunger for success, as shown in his stint at Oxford, which is something that I believe needs to continue at Lincoln for success to come. Appleton is a man with experience at lower-league level, as well as some experience in the upper tiers.
“Under Jamie McCombe Lincoln seem to have lost their way a little, especially following arguably the worst Lincoln performance since the club returned to the Football League, and hopefully Appleton will be the man to allow the Imps to return to their winning ways, and at least allow for some consistency.”
Loveridge outlined what went wrong for the Imps in their defeat at the weekend, and claimed they lacked togetherness under McCombe.
“Lincoln lacked the togetherness and tenacity that was so prevalent under Cowley’s leadership. They seemed deflated, as if everything that could’ve gone wrong that day would and did go wrong.
“Usually for Lincoln, when they conceded they fight back, and at least try to fight back, but unusually they just fell apart, and lacked the cohesion and fight that fans are used to.
“However, there’s no point denying how well Oxford played, they seemed up for a challenge, and with seven shots on target produced; an impressive attacking display, and with Lincoln’s lacking threat of their own, a decent defensive one also.”
The regular punter was quick to state that Lincoln supporters shouldn’t be concerned after their defeat to Oxford, and claims that his side have enough quality to stay in League One this season under Appleton’s guidance.
“Lincoln fans shouldn’t be worried about a result like this, despite how bad it seems. This match was under a caretaker manager, and we should expect a much better performance, with Appleton having a week to get to know the players and instil his mentality and tactics a bit.
“This year in League One, anybody can beat anyone. This month alone has seen wild scorelines, and form that isn’t too predictable, across the board.
“Lincoln have enough quality to stay up this season, and a new manager that is hungry for himself and his club to play Championship football. Being ambitious, and having that quality should set Lincoln up to be comfortable come May.”