Yesterday, The Imps were held to a goalless draw at home to Cambridge United.
It was a game that lacked any real clear cut chances, as both sides struggled for any creativity in and around the final third.
Despite that, there were some good performances in yesterday’s game. Here are our player ratings:
Josh Vickers 8 – Josh Vickers put in another good performance against Cambridge. On the whole, he had very little to do, but when called upon he showed great concentration to keep the scores level. Vickers made two important saves in the second half and he continued to impress in between the sticks.
Neal Eardley 9 (MOTM) – Neal Eardley was different class yesterday. The 28-year old was fantastic defensively. He reads the game so well, and the experience he brings to the Lincoln defence is invaluable. Without a doubt, Eardley has been one of the most consistent performers this season, and yesterday was no different. A top showing from the right back.
Rob Dickie 8 – Against Cambridge, Rob Dickie was solid and assured in his defensive work. Dickie really has solidified his spot within the heart of the defence and that is down to a great run of games where the 21-year old has been excellent. Not many times this season has he played alongside Luke Waterfall, but he looked just as comfortable.
Luke Waterfall 7 – Really good to see the skipper playing again yesterday. It must be really hard to be out of the starting lineup for a sustained period of time and then get the call up. But a testament to Luke Waterfalls character as he put in a commanding showing.
Sam Habergham 7 – For me, Sam Habergham is looking better and better with each game he plays. The role he plays in the Lincoln side going forward, and defensively, is massive, so seeing him back to nearing full fitness is great to watch.
Billy Knott 6.5 – Billy Knott returned straight back into the starting lineup yesterday and he occupied a more wider position. He almost created a Lincoln goal when he did brilliantly to block a Cambridge shot which sparked a quick breakaway. Nothing came of it but it epitomised his commitment. But, most importantly, Knotty is back!
Alex Woodyard 8.5 – Alex Woodyard was fantastic yet again. Don’t know how many times I have said that, but the midfielder just oozes class. He is so calm and composed on the ball, and it really is something to marvel at. Also, you can’t forget his defensive work which is second to none. Woodyard was a close runner up for our Man Of The Match.
Michael Bostwick 8 – Michael Bostwick was superb against Cambridge. Bostwick has been in a top run of form and he was dominant in the midfield yesterday. He is such a robust and combative player, and he has formed a great partnership with Alex Woodyard. The two really complement each other and there isn’t many better central midfield pairings.
Josh Ginnelly 6.5 – Josh Ginnelly looked lively and dangerous against Cambridge. In the first half, it was Ginnelly that swung a brilliant ball into the box which led to the best chance of the game when Green headed over. Overall, a solid outing from the winger.
Ollie Palmer 7 – Palmer had a number of good solo runs, and competed well against an organised Cambridge defence. The striker didn’t really have a good chance in front of goal, but for the most part, that was the trend for both sets of attacking players.
Matt Green 7 – The work rate that Matt Green gets through is phenomenal. He never stops running and chases every single loose ball. Green will be kicking himself that he is not on the scoresheet after squandering what was the best chance of the game in the first half.