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11 January 2020

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Zack Elbouzedi believes that the Imps deserved all three points as they drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town at the Montgomery Waters Meadow this afternoon.

The winger, who signed for the Imps earlier in the month, made his second appearance for City today coming on as a substitute for Jake Hesketh in the first half.

Zack explained how the conditions made it a difficult game, but that Lincoln were the better side in the second half: “It was tough, we probably should have won it in the end, but we played some good football in the conditions.

“We showed good character and dominated possession in the second half, we were very unlucky to hit the bar a couple of times. Their keeper made a few good saves and we have hit the bar with Shacks (Jason Shackell) and Jorge (Grant) so on another day we would have won it.”

The Ireland U21 international continued by praising Michael Appleton, saying how the project he has going on at LNER Stadium is something which convinced him to move back to England.

“I just want to be on the pitch and getting minutes under my belt, but the gaffer has said he will ease me in,” said Zack.

“When I came on, I thought I did alright, but I am still getting used to the club. Everyone has made me feel really welcome and I am settling in, everyone in the city seems lovely.

“I didn’t want to come back to England for the sake of it, I wanted it to be the right club for me. When I spoke with Jez (George) and the gaffer, it seemed like the right type of project for me.”

Elbouzedi continued saying: “Michael trusts the young players which is what I like, it is a very good club with brilliant fans.

“I like a club with ambition and this club definitely has that. I knew a few boys from West Brom who worked under the gaffer so when I spoke to them, they all had really good things to say.

“He is out every day working on the training pitch and is very hands-on, so I like to working under him.”

The winger finished by praising the fans for their impressive support, explaining how he thinks they will play a major part going forward.

“When I came over to sign, we played Tranmere and it was crazy because the fans don’t stop singing over in the corner,” said Zack.

“They are brilliant, I have been to other clubs where the atmosphere isn’t great, but I think it is excellent what we have at Lincoln.

“You can tell it helps the team and gives them the extra boost to pick up a win. We want to finish as high as possible to do them proud.”

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