Lincoln City had 14 candidates for man of the match at Forest Green yesterday.

A crushing 3-2 victory saw Danny Cowley’s men take the wind out of their opponents’ sails and close the gap at the top of the National League.

I watched the game on television in the Anchor. What an atmosphere.

When the final whistle blew you would think City had won the FA Cup Final!

Let me tell you that when the Imps went 2-0 there were no long faces or cries of despair.

Why? Because fans have been instilled into thinking positive by the Cowleys’ football revolution at Sincil Bank.

The team that has been put together is packed with very good players who play with great spirit.

In addition they are really nice lads. I have interviewed them all and I can tell you there is no arrogance or cockiness in any one of them.

Danny is so right when he says he chooses the person over the player.

Well his players showed true grit in the face of adversity at Forest Green.

Hard work and endeavour won the day.

Here’s my assessment of the players’ performances in the game.

Paul Farman: Could do nothing about the goals. He saved superbly late on to keep it at two. His cannonball kick finds the ‘Big Fella’ up front every time.

Sam Habergham: A classy defender with a sweet left foot. Worked hard all afternoon mainly in defence. His corners are a lethal weapon.

Sean Raggett:Nothing much got past this young man although he may well like to learn from their first goal. His strikes are a bonus and yesterday’s could prove pivotal later in the season

Luke Waterfall: Inspiring as captain and heroic in front goal. Always a threat in the opponents’ box. Remained cool and patient.

Bradley Wood: Fearless yet creative. Bradley may want to look at the replay of the space their winger was given leading to Forest Green’s first goal. A really solid performance from a defender who loves to move forward.

Alan Power: Worked so hard all over the pitch. Managed to keep his cool when previously he may have seen red and not yellow. The amount of work Alan gets through off the ball often goes unnoticed.

Alex Woodyard: The hub of the engine room. So pleased he broke his duck with that goal. A sweet left foot that can break up attacks and set up counter-thrusts. Great energy and guile.

Harry Anderson: Worked tirelessly up and down the wing. Always a threat when running at defenders. A key team worker.

Nathan Arnold: Speedy, clever and strong. A defender’s nightmare to face him in full flow. Excellent work rate.

Theo Robinson: Defended from the front. Always pressurising the Forest Green defence. Only one opportunity which the keeper saved comfortably. Showed tremendous energy when hounding their back four.

Matt Rhead: Strength and subtlety shown by his towering presence and skilful lay-offs. Matt’s size belies his skill and that’s where yesterday’s opponents came unstuck. The ‘Big Fella’ wasn’t paid enough respect. His flick-on to Luke Waterfall was top-draw.

Terry Hawkridge: Slotted into the game straightaway and worked tirelessly.

Adam Marriott: A welcome return. Despite his lay-off Adam looked sharp. Welcome back. Looked fit

Elliott Whitehouse: This young man is a real athlete. Fresh from his goal scoring heroics in Estonia, Elliott has great potential.

So that’s why there’s no Man of the Match for me. They were all worthy winners!

Peter Hayward


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