Forest Green Rovers Vs Lincoln City Player Ratings

Lincoln City made it back-to-back away victories after beating Forest Green Rovers 1-0 at the New Lawn.

Here are our player ratings from the game:

Paul Farman 7 – The Lincoln keeper had  little to do in the match. But when he called upon he competently was able to prevent Forest Green from scoring. Farman denied both Liam Noble and Christian Doidge in the second half to preserve Lincoln’s slender one goal lead.

Neal Eardley 7.5 – What a signing Neal Eardley has turned out to be. Against Forest Green, Eardley was great yet again. Defensively he was so assured in what was an extremely tough and physical game.

Rob Dickie 7.5 – Lincoln’s defence was outstanding and Rob Dickie was a major part of that. Whenever the 21-year old is selected in the squad, he steps up to the plate and is a solid performer. Forest Green was no different and he deserved a clean sheet.

Sean Raggett 8.5 (MOTM) – It only took two minutes for Sean Raggett to bust his head open after a coming together with Forest Green striker Christian Doidge. But Sean Raggett is a complete warrior and soldiered on and was terrific all game. He held onto the clean sheet, and he sported the Terry Butcher look rather well.

Sam Habergham 7.5 – Solid ratings all around for the Lincoln defence who defended as a unit superbly. Habergham is getting back up to full fitness and he was his composed self. It is great to have the strength in depth Lincoln have in the full back position.

Alex Woodyard 7 – The majority of the game was played in the air so it was difficult for Alex Woodyard to dominate the midfield like he usually does. Saying that, the midfielder still had a good game in the middle of the park and he continues his fine run of form.

Michael Bostwick 7 – Similarly to Alex Woodyard, Bostwick was not able to be as influential due to the play being predominantly aerial. Bostwick was all over the pitch and put in a real, hard-working performance to ensure Lincoln held onto all three points.

Nathan Arnold 6.5 – By the looks of it, Nathan Arnold still looked to be recovering from the knock he took in the Luton game. The winger was a part of a tactical substitution at half time which is why his rating is relatively low.

Harry Anderson 8 – Harry Anderson had another great outing. Since his call-up to the starting eleven, the 20-year old has been brilliant. Anderson showed blistering pace to latch onto Billy Knott’s clearance, and do not underestimate his finish, that took real skill as well. He has the match winner today, in what was a game of very few chances.

Billy Knott 7.5 – Billy Knott was impressive once again. Knott has taken over set-piece duties and his deliveries into the box were for the most, very good. You can tell Billy Knott is brimming with confidence at the moment, and it is showing in his performances. He will even be credited with the assist for Lincoln’s all important goal.

Ollie Palmer 6.5 – Ollie Palmer was not as influential as he was against Stevenage. He found it tough against Forest Green and he was substituted in the second half. Can’t be too critical of the forward though, as he has been excellent every time he has come on as a sub.

Substitutes:

Matt Rhead 6.5- The striker was brought on at half time. Danny Cowley talked after the game about how he wanted to make full use of Lincoln playing with the wind and wanted Rhead up top. He won a few headers and posed a threat to the Forest Green defence.

Josh Ginnelly 6.5 – Josh Ginnelly was introduced into the game in the second half and made an impact. He had one standout moment where he nutmegged his man but his shot was just wide. Would have been interesting to see if he played a little longer as the match was not easy to settle into.

 

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