Lincoln United went down 7-2 at Kidsgrove Athletic last night to put a dent in their hopes of making the play-offs in the Evo Stik Division One (South) League.

SportsLinc caught up with Whites’ boss, Sam Wilkinson, to get his thoughts on the game.

He said: “A lot of things went wrong.

“We had three players missing, two because of work commitments and one through injury so we were stretched a bit.

“We then conceded a terrible goal after a shot from thirty yards that should have been saved.

“We got ourselves back into it until Brooksy was sent off for a reckless challenge.

“To make matters worse, they scored from the resulting free kick.

“We then lost our striker, Conner Robinson, through injury which was another massive blow.

“We still created chances with ten men but the third goal was another shocker defensively.

“The fourth was a great goal which we couldn’t do much about and for that fifteen minute spell we were all over the place.

“We didn’t show enough fight to stay in the game which is very disappointing as these lads normally show that.

“We regrouped at half time to stem the flow of their good attacking play.  They scored another two great goals which, once again, we could do nothing about.

“They used the extra man really well.

“We defended a lot better in the second half but the game had changed with the sending off.

“We weren’t resilient enough and didn’t show enough character to stay in the game.

“This wasn’t acceptable.

“However, I can’t hammer the players because their character has been there all season apart from maybe three games.

“I don’t think they are bad players after only one game.

“They are the ones who have given themselves a chance when two months ago no-one gave us a prayer of making the play-offs.

“They are a great bunch to work with and their attitude is first class.  So we must move on quickly.

“We have still got a chance and, although the score line is embarrassing, I know this group of players will put it right on Saturday.

“We must go and gain maximum points from our next two games”.




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