Boss: I’m looking for a reaction

Lincoln City manager, Michael Appleton, said he is looking for his side to prove their worth against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

The Imps manager said in order to climb the league and consolidate their place in the division for next season, the results and points are more significant than performances.

Appleton said: “You always look for a reaction. The frustrating thing is, apart from last Saturday, in the last four or five games we’ve started strongly and for some reason that didn’t happen against Gillingham and we were punished.

“Against a side flying high, they’ve won eight out of their last ten, we’re going to have to start quickly. We don’t want to give them the opportunity to get the first goal.”

One key factor that Appleton believes will help his side is the atmosphere. With a bumper crowd expected, the boss hopes it will bring the best out of his young squad.

“The atmosphere will take care of itself, it’ll be a full house,” he said.

“It will be up there in terms of what we have experienced this season, particularly for a home fixture. I expect all the players to be highly motivated for this one.”