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Michael Appleton: We are delighted

19 September 2020

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Lincoln City picked up their second set of three points this season with a 2-1 victory over MK Dons at Stadium MK this afternoon.

Jorge Grant and Tom Hopper were the goal scorers for the Imps, leaving Michael Appleton pleased with his side’s performance.

The City boss expressed his delight after the match saying: “I am pleased today. We are all delighted, we setup really well and punished them on the counter attack. It's a good set of three points today."

"Palms (Alex Palmer) made two great saves for us today, it was similar to last week because we aren't getting bombarded. We are forcing them to have shots from distance which is what I can take.

"What I can't take is when we get played through."

City made a number of changes going into the game, including the return of Captain Liam Bridcutt. Michael spoke about the influence the midfielder has in the squad after joining the club permanently over the summer.

"We always needed to make changes, it has been a heavy start to the season for us with the Carabao Cup, so a few players have played lots of minutes already. 

"It was Liam's first start in a while, so it was good to have control in there. I was pleased with Jorge as well because he took the responsibility on when we took Liam off in the second half.

"We have got a bench which has an effect on the group, when I first came in we struggled for that. I think we have a solid group with players who can help us."

Appleton turned his attention to Thursday, when the Imps face Premier League Champions Liverpool in Carabao Cup action: "We will regroup and make sure the lads have the balance right between now and Liverpool. It is a great game for the football club, especially with the game being on Sky. 

"We have a reasonable idea about how they play and how they setup, they are really good at it so we will work hard throughout the game. We will need to be clinical when and if we get opportunities."

However, despite the Imps welcoming Jurgen Klopp's side to the City next week, Appleton finished by also mentioning the Imps' next league game, when Charlton come to LNER Stadium.

"We also have a massive game on the Sunday as well next week which I won't take my eye off, it will be a busy week."

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