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Appleton: We will work hard to get our rewards

18 February 2022

Imps boss Michael Appleton is hopeful the return of Tom Hopper will provide a boost as City look to pick up points on the road in upcoming fixtures against Fleetwood and Bolton.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Highbury Stadium on Saturday, Appleton said: “The biggest thing that will help us is the numbers.

“We’ve got players coming back from injuries, and we did decent business in January, so there is good competition for places. The group in terms of size is much better than it was before the turn of the year so at least now we have options to help us in most positions.

“Having Tom (Hopper) back is a big boost for everyone, he looks raring to go. He was delighted to get his minutes on Tuesday night, and we will try to build those up over the next few weeks. Hopefully, we can get him in a position as quickly as we can where he can start games.”

The boss continued by looking towards this weekend’s match versus Fleetwood, explaining how his side have put in strong performances this season, and will get their reward if they take their chances in front of goal.

He added: “On the road, we have been good this season We’ve put good performances in, we’ve looked hard to beat and scored goals, so hopefully the Fleetwood and Bolton games will allow us to pull away from the danger zone.

“There have been moments where we've analysed the game and acknowledged there isn’t much more we could have done other than take our opportunities in front of goal. Players are humans, they’re not robots, but if we do keep missing those opportunities then we will find ourselves frustrated on a regular basis.

“If we continue to work hard to improve that, then we will get our rewards."

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