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MEET THE PLAYERS: NATHAN ARNOLD

Imps’ boss Danny Cowley grades Nathan Arnold as a AA player: A for Attitude and A for Ability.

SportsLinc caught up with the flying winger yesterday.

Q1 Nathan, how did you and the players cope with the uncertainty surrounding the FA Trophy fixture?

A1. “As players we couldn’t control what went on so we just had to take each day and work hard in training and preparation.”

Q2. You must be pleased with your own form at the moment?

A2. “Yes I am. I set myself short and long-term goals and I am on course at the minute to achieve my targets. Long may that continue.

“I’m just happy to be in a successful team. I try to bring my experience and winning mentality to the other players.

“When the team are doing well it’s always a joy to play in it. I am really enjoying my football at the moment.

“I’ve obviously got the management to thank for that as well. They believe in me. They think a lot of me.

“Away from football I am happy as well and that has be to right.

“The relationship I have with everyone here really helps me to perform at my best.”

Q3. Your style of play must fit into the high-tempo, high-energy game that is played here?

A3. I think it’s unique that Lincoln play a high-pressure game. You saw us press Oldham in the Cup. They are a League One side but we put their players under pressure.

“They couldn’t handle it.

“We have got a lot of joy from that style of play.

“We have the players to do that. We are a fit bunch. We do our conditioning work and we work really hard.

“This is one of our strengths. The style of play really suits the profile of our players.”

Q4. What’s it like playing in a settled squad?

A4. “You have to win games for it to be a settled side. I’m sure it makes the manager’s decisions a lot easier when you get on the right side of results.

“It’s also important that as a wide man I can get some consistency in my game.

“At Cambridge I was in and out of the team for tactical reasons and couldn’t get a run of form.

“It’s very important you get games under your belt and you get a run and keep that consistency there.”

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