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Appleton: "The lads answered the questions"

7 November 2020

Imps manager, Michael Appleton was happy after seeing his side progress into Round Two of the Emirates FA Cup after seeing off the challenge of Forest Green Rovers at LNER Stadium this afternoon.

City scored six against their League Two opponents netting twice in the first half then hitting another four in the second, but despite going in at half time two goals to the good, the City boss admitted he spoke to his players at the break about finishing the tie off as he felt some other good opportunities had passed his side by.

“I was a little bit critical at half time, but I thought we should have been further in front and the game is done then and there is no way they’re getting back into the game but they answered those questions in the second half.” He said.

After those words from the boss, Brennan Johnson and Anthony Scully netted three of the four second half goals and Michael was happy for both players who have worked so hard over the past few weeks.

“It was an incredible goal, the pleasing thing is he (Brennan) finished the job off. There’s been a couple of times already when he’s gone past three or four players, then passed when he should have shot, or shot when he should have passed. But the fact he finished his work off today and it was a great finish as well it was great.

“It’s important for him (Scully), I did say to him that assists are as good as goals and there have been occasions where he’s come off the bench this year and for me has maybe been a little bit selfish at times. But I thought his performance today was good, I’m delighted he got on the scoresheet not once, but twice.”

So, what of the next round? Michael admits he would like to see another fixture at LNER Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup this season and hopes the fans will now look forward to seeing who comes out of the hat on Monday evening.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone and at least people now have got the opportunity to watch the draw on Monday and hopefully if we get a home tie it means no travelling for us and it means possibly, like everyone else will want, it gives us a better opportunity to play in the third round.”

Michael Appleton is sponsored by James Harbridge


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