Today was Lincoln's 2nd home match of the season. The performance against Torquay in the first one was too dreadful to blog so i didn't bother. Both sides went into this game off the back of wins last week. The Imps won 1-0 away at Gillingham while Crewe thrashed bottom club Barnet 7-0 at home. Both sides had won one and lost two of their opening games.
It doesn't matter where you go there's always a twat in a stupid hat!
We got there a little earlier than normal, so after getting the Chesterfield away tickets for next weeks game we made our way to the club bar and paid the normal £3 for an average pint and watched the Blackburn v Arsenal match on the big screen. It didn't seem as busy as normal so it seems that people are voting with their feet on the beer prices.
With the crowd just a shade over 3,000 it looks like people are also voting with their feet when it comes to attending the game. Its a shame that more people didn't show up because this was a very good game between two sides that looked to pass the ball around on the floor. From a Lincoln view point it was a huge improvement on the Torquay match and it was nice to build on the win at Gillingham.
"I know Romeo's over on the away section but you can still see him after the match!"
Lincoln had the lion's share of the ball in the opening twenty minutes. Plenty of passing moves were put together though most were from side to side, it is still nice to see us keeping the ball and not just booting it long either down the channels for somebody to chase, or straight to the opposing centre halves, which is what City have made a habit of over the years. Crewe seemed happy to let Lincoln have the ball and hit us on the break which is just what they did on 22 minutes when Shaun Miller rammed home after Anyon had pushed out a long range effort. I am not blaming the keeper, if anything it was the cover that let us down. It was a real kick in the teeth as City really didn't deserve to be 0-1 down but that's football for you.
Thankfully City drew back level on 40 minutes from a great individual goal from Albert Jarret. He picked up the ball about 20 yards out beat a couple of defenders and blasted into the net. An early contender for goal of the season me thinks.
After the goal the Imps really started to turn the screw on Crewe but half time came just at the right time for the visitors. The second half was pretty much the same as the first. Crewe started to look more dangerous when they brought on Calvin Zola but the city back line contained him reasonably well. Lincoln had to be strong in added time as Crewe won a flurry of corners but some great keeping from Anyon kept them out.
I feel alot more optimistic tonight that i did after the last match against Torquay. We are starting to play the ball around and are starting to gel more as a side. We didn't deserve to lose at Rotherham on day one (who are in the top three) and Torquay are top after winning all four league games. Add in the Leeds cup match and City couldn't have had a tougher start to the season.
Albert Jarret was the star man today but we'll be without him for Tuesdays JPT game at Rotherham and the league match at Chesterfield as he is on international duty with Sierra Leone and on this performance he will be missed. Chesterfield will be tough but if we play like this we could well turn them over. After that the fixtures look a little more kind so hopefully its onwards and upwards.
Admission- season ticket
Food had a chicken balti pie which was quite nice 7/10
Imps performance 7/10
Man of the match Adam Jarret (With Delroy Facey second!)