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Michael Appleton: We controlled the second half

3 October 2020

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Michael Appleton was pleased with his side’s second half performance as they beat Blackpool 3-2 away from home.

Dutch defender Lewis Montsma scored the winner, his fifth goal of the season in all competitions. Imps boss Appleton praised the 22-year-old for his performances at both ends of the pitch.

“We did our research before signing him and we knew Lewis would be a threat in both boxes,” said Michael.

“He does what he needs to do and what we expect from him. He has shown great composure to get us the winner, a lot of midfielders or strikers would have not done what he did today, he was great.”

Appleton went on to reflect on his side’s performance as a whole saying: “We had a mixture of everything today, the good, the bad and the ugly.

“We were below it in the first half and there is no doubt about that but, I think we showed good character to get into the game. We didn’t give them the chance to build on the lead in the first half.

“In the second half we dominated and were excellent, we controlled it well. The lads went behind twice and won the game which will be good mentally going forward.”

Michael returned his attention to individual performances discussing captain Liam Bridcutt’s influence on and off the field.

“Brids (Liam Bridcutt) is a leader, you all know that, but he isn’t just a leader on the field. He took full responsibly at half time and is annoyed he gave them the opportunity, but we all showed grit, determination and quality in the second half, including Liam.

“We are very pleased with our second half performance.”

The Imps now sit top of Sky Bet League One with 12 points, but the City boss finished by explaining how it was still early days.

“We are fit and athletic plus we have great energy, but we will lose games at stages,” said Appleton.

“That won’t be down to work rate it will be down to the opposition being better than us.

“But we have had a good start, we have the points in the bank and as a group we have ticked a lot of boxes. If we want to compete at the top, we will need to be able to take points away from home and we have done that today.”

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