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Positive signs

26 August 2020

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Imps’ boss Michael Appleton was pleased with his side’s performance in the pre-season victory over Scunthorpe United at LNER Stadium last night.

Speaking to BBC Radio Lincolnshire last night after full time, he said there was plenty to be positive about and he was delighted to see his players implementing some of the things they’ve been working on in pre-season training so far.

“There were some really good bits and some indifferent bits. It think there were lots of positives, you can tell the players are picking up things, daily, weekly.” Michael said.

“The good thing is that we got goals, because we have been creating lots of chances in the first two (pre-season games) and not scoring enough goals but we did that tonight.”

There was a first appearance for Joe Walsh last night at centre back as well as opportunities for the likes of Max Melbourne and academy youngster Hayden Cann too, highlighting the versatility and options in the squad which will be crucial going into the season ahead.

“It’s really important that we have as much experience at centre half as we can. That was the reason behind bringing in Joe Walsh and Adam Jackson in, they have bags of experience between them.

“But we know, Lewis (Montsma), who was missing tonight because of concussion, but he’s going to be a real crowd favourite as well. He’s very physical, he loves making tackles loves heading the ball and he’s a good footballer so we have loads of options, you saw Hayden come on and Max Melbourne who was outstanding when he came on at half time as well.”

Michael said he is still looking to make further additions to the squad, but it’s now about biding his time to get the right players into the building.

“We’re close and I’ve been saying it for a while, but sometimes you’ve got to be patient. I’ve said it all along If you want good players you have to be patient, the good players are the most difficult to get.”

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