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Appleton: Maguire will only get better

15 September 2021

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Michael Appleton believes Imps fans will love Chris Maguire - after he marked his first start for the club with an assist.

The forward’s pass set up Lewis Fiorini for the leveller against Rotherham United on Tuesday night, in only his second competitive appearance for the club.

Appleton said: “He started slowly but we saw glimpses towards the end of the first half and his pass for the goal was fantastic.

“Over the next couple of months you’ll see the real deal in terms of what he is about and the quality he has.”

The Imps had to battle from a goal down to rescue a point against the Millers, with Appleton pleased with his side’s reaction in the second period.

He added: “The players didn’t stand up to it in the first half and we gave a really poor goal away by our standards. In the second half we stood up to them a bit more and were more aggressive, though ironically Josh Griffiths had to make more saves.

“Josh has shown great character, to come through this type of game with crosses and set plays raining in on him it shows the character he’s got and the type of goalkeeper he’s going to be.”

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