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Ellis Chapman says that he is ready to take his chance to impress boss Michael Appleton in an attempt to cement his place in the City side.

Appleton revealed that the 18-year-old will play in Saturday’s trip to Gillingham following his 90 minutes in the 3-0 victory over Rotherham United on Tuesday night.

Ellis says that he’s enjoying working under The Imps' boss and he is looking to grasp the opportunity of game time by pushing towards a more permanent spot in the City line-up.

“I am always ready to play, it’s a team game and a small squad,” he said.

“I am just waiting for my chance to impress him (Michael Appleton). For me, being a young lad in the EFL can be a big thing but I feel like I can deal with it well and I’m looking forward to getting more game.”

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Chapman has made four of his 10 appearances this season under Appleton, and the Lincoln City Academy graduate is looking to impress.

“Michael has been great from the moment he walked through the door,” he said.

“He pulled me to one side and he said he trusts me and would give me game time too.

“Football is all about opinions and having the right manager.

“He will help me improve as a player. I’m not going to be perfect all the time, and with a manager that’s worked at academies before, it’s perfect scenario for me so it’s great to have him here.”

City will be looking to build on Tuesday night’s victory by recording a positive result at Steve Evans’ Gillingham side at the weekend as the midfielder said, confidence continues to grow amongst the group.

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“We were really happy with Tuesday’s performance. We knew before the game that we needed to score four goals, and we all believed we could do it.

“When we got the two goals from John early on, we had every right to believe, but unfortunately fell just short.

“We know it’ll be a tough game, we have to get there, be resilient, work hard and let the football do the talking.”

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