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Danny Cowley was delighted with his team’s performance this evening after the Imps beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 to go 10 points clear of fourth place.

Goals from Harry Toffolo and Danny Rowe in either half secured City's third straight victory.

Rowe was introduced at half-time as a replacement for skipper-for-the-evening, Matt Rhead.

The Imps boss explained how Danny Rowe’s second half performance allowed City to take control of the game.

“In the second half, that is the best we have played against ten men,” said Danny.

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“We made the tactical decision to bring on Danny (Rowe) and that allowed us against a ten to build from the back by passing and pressing.

“I think we looked at the conditions tonight and we knew it would be a game of two halves. I think we proved to be pretty effective, when you go with the wind you can be quicker and get more box entries, we did that.

“In the second half, we played into the second wind and we had more control. For the boys to be able to switch systems and styles is a credit to their experience and intelligence.” 

Left-back and former England U20 star Harry Toffolo opened the scoring for Lincoln on the half an hour mark. The first half strike was his third goal of the season in an Imps shirt. 

The City boss continued to pile the praise on his side speaking about Mark O’Hara and Harry Anderson’s impressive performances amongst others: “It was a lovely pass and follow and a lovely move from Mark O’Hara who covered every blade of grass tonight, it was a really important time to score tonight.

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“Credit to Harry (Anderson) because he didn’t start the game very well and he showed a real maturity to build a performance. He ended up being very effective for us. 

“I thought Cian (Bolger) was really solid and got us on the front foot. He used the ball really intelligently, I also though (Tom) Pett really knitted it together for us in the second half. 

“He gave us composure and control which you always look for when you play against 10.” 

January signing Matt Gilks remained in goal for the Imps and impressed keeping his second consecutive clean sheet. 

Danny was pleased to not concede explaining how his side haven’t kept enough clean sheets this season, he went on to add his side should have scored more against 10 men.

“We should have scored more goals tonight so that is an area we can look to improve on. Win lose or draw we always want to get better,” said Cowley.

“However, we are really pleased with the clean sheet because we haven’t had enough of them at home.”

The Imps boss finished by looking forward to City’s away trip to Mansfield Town next Monday as well as when the Imps have to travel to Crawley at the end of the month. 

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“We will look at the league table on 4 May and hopefully if we are where we currently are then we will be very happy,” explained Danny. 

“Until then there is an awful lot of games to go and we have two very tough away games at Mansfield and then a long trip to Crawley.”

A limited number of tickets for the trip to Mansfield Town are on sale HERE.