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MEET THE PLAYERS: ALAN POWER

Alan Power is the longest-serving player at Lincoln City.

SportsLinc caught up with him the other day to find out what life is like for him at Sincil Bank.

Alan, you have been at Lincoln for some time now and have no doubt recently seen some changes. What’s the new philosophy like there under Danny and Nicky?

“It’s very up-to-date with the way football is going in the rest of the world.

“We are pressing the second ball and pressing from the front to get the ball back in their half of the pitch.

“I think everything has been enhanced this year. I think we now turn over a lot of balls in the the other team’s half.

“I think we’re going about things the right way and there’s still a lot more to come from us.”

What about the structure of the new regime?

“Everybody has taken it on board. I think it was new for everybody to be so structured and professional day in and day out. Even on days off we have to make sure we are recuperating right.

“But the performances have backed up everything we have done.

“We look a powerful, fit group now and technically very good so it’s all going in the right direction.”

Has your fitness improved?

Yes. If I was playing more games I would be even fitter. Going on the other night (against Boreham Wood) I felt really well.

“The boys who haven’t played many minutes do extra training and play for the Under 21s if need be.”

Where would you fit into the present team?

“There’s a lot of competition. We play a two-man midfield and one behind the striker. I feel very comfortable in a two-man midfield.

“I think we’ve gone for a lot more pace in the ‘hole’.

“I think I can score goals as well if given the opportunity.

“I’m working on my own game now and trying to get back in the team on a permanent basis.

“That’s what I have to aim for.”

Did you ever feel like you weren’t going to make it back in the team?

“No. I just kept positive. The Gaffer, Nicky and me have spoken quite a bit and they have always kept me in the loop about the situation.

“Things have happened like Tom Champion coming in from Barnet and I took a step back again. That sort of fuelled my fire.

“I told the Gaffer that as well.

“It made me a bit angry but made me want to do better.

“It also made me want to prove a point.

“I think it’s helped.”

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