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APPLETON: The fans have been magnificent

13 January 2020

Michael Appleton is looking forward to managing his side under the lights as the Imps take on Bolton Wanderers in SkyBet League One action tomorrow night.

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Michael spoke highly of the City supporters in his press conference this morning, describing how they will play a major part in tomorrow night’s game.

“The fans have been magnificent,” said the Imps boss.

“The atmosphere was fantastic against Peterborough and Ipswich. There’s something different about a Tuesday night game under the lights, most people comment on it, especially if they have played.

“From a personal point of view I would always get a bit more energy when playing under the lights, it’s something special.”

Appleton turned his attention to Tuesday’s opponents Bolton explaining how they will be a dangerous side despite a dip in form.

“They are a dangerous side because of the situation they are in, they are clearly going into games with no fear or pressure. That may sound strange but when you’re in that situation it's how things are, I had something similar when I was at Portsmouth.

“On the outside, they are in a difficult situation, they may even sign a few more lads before the game starts tomorrow. You don’t know what you’re going to get from them.

“Most clubs have a few formations or ways they want to play when coming up against different clubs, Bolton are no different to that, we are mindful of it.

“I think we need to be mindful of that and concentrate on ourselves like we have done before because the results and performances here have been pretty good. We will continue that form tomorrow night.”

Michael finished by sharing his opinions on new arrivals, Tyreece John-Jules and Conor Coventry who both started against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

“They were delighted, and we were too,” said Appleton.

“It is a big difference playing league football compared to what they are used to with U23 football. Yes, the standard can be good, but the style and the pace is very different.

“I thought they all adapted very well under difficult circumstances, especially with the wind and the fact that the pitch was very lively.

“Once we get beyond Blackpool, we will have time to work in the players. A lot of the stuff this week with the new players will be video-based, that will give them an understanding of their role going forward.

“I wanted to take my time with Zack (Elbouzedi), he is someone who has come in from the football he has been playing and we have thrown him in off the bench.”

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