200918 Appleton MK Dons

The Imps won their opening day fixture beating Oxford United 2-0 at LNER Stadium with goals from Anthony Scully and Adam Jackson.

Scully was also on the scoresheet as the Imps cruised to a 5-0 away victory over Bradford City on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup Second Round. Lincoln will now face Premier League Champions, Liverpool at LNER Stadium in the Third Round.

But before City continue their Carabao Cup campaign, Michael Appleton’s side return to Sky Bet League One action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to MK Dons.

The Imps boss believes his side have looked strong in the opening games after coming through a tough pre-season.

“We had a few knocks and bruises after a good performance on Tuesday night, but they seem to be fine now.

“We went through a spell in pre-season where people picked up little struggles, but we have seemed to come through that and are healthy going into tomorrow’s game.

“We have looked physically strong in games, both in the early parts and the late parts.”

Club captain Liam Bridcutt returned to the action on Tuesday night coming on as a late substitute. The midfielder joined the Imps on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell at LNER Stadium last season.

Appleton praised his captain saying: “He is a big influence on and off the field, everyone knows that. He wants to play as much as he can, but we will have to make the right decision going forward.”

With the Imps facing MK Dons tomorrow, Michael soon turned his attention to the opposition, discussing the way Russell Martin has got them playing.

“Russell has continued to play patiently and the right way, similar to what happened last week, they are happy to keep the ball.

“I will be happy to let them build from the back because then we can get the balance when to press and when not to. We will do what we are good at and they will do what they are good at so it will be like a game of chess.

“They are a better side than last season, they have a threat going forward and a lot more legs. They will finish higher up the league compared to last year, they seem more of a threat from the clips. They have dominated their games for long spells, and we are under no illusions it will be a really tough threat.”