In a thrilling encounter at Sincil Bank, the Imps came out 3-2 winners against John Coleman’s Accrington Stanley.
Lincoln were pegged back twice, but were able to recover with goals from Ollie Palmer and an own goal from Accrington winger Sean McConville. Sean Raggett’s header in the second half put the Imps in the ascendency, and then some top draw goalkeeping from Paul Farman helped City over the line.
Here are our player ratings:
Paul Farman 7.5 – It was quite an up and down game for the Lincoln goalkeeper. I think if you are being critical, he maybe could say he should have done a little better with the away side’s first goal, but take nothing away from the finish. Obviously, you point the fingers at your goalkeeper if they concede from near enough the half way line, but it was a spectacular strike, so I’m not blaming Farman for that one. The 28-year old pulled off some terrific saves in additional time, which arguably, was one of the main reasons as to why the Imps came out winners.
Sean Long 6.5 – Another good display from the Lincoln full back. Without a standout moment in the game, Long was good going forward and defended well when called upon.
Luke Waterfall 6 – The Lincoln skipper retained his spot in the starting line-up, and he put in a solid showing. Nothing he could have done to have prevented the two Stanley goals, and Waterfall will look to build on his performance this Saturday against Yeovil.
Sean Raggett 7.5 – It still upsets me that we will be losing Sean Raggett in January, but, have to take each game as it comes. Against Accrington, Raggett scored in the second half, which proved to be the vital goal. A signature Sean Raggett header, which only highlighted his ability on the attacking front, as well as his defensive class.
Sam Habergham 7 – A good performance from Sam Habergham, whose delivery from dead ball situations was brilliant all game. The left back got his just rewards, as he was the provider for the Imps all important third goal. Top stuff from Habergham!
Elliot Whitehouse 6.5 – Elliot Whitehouse found it tough to be as influential going forward as he has been in his last few outings. Playing a deeper role on Tuesday, I thought the midfielder put in a good shift!
Alex Woodyard 8 (MOTM) – Alex Woodyard was our man of the match in Tuesday’s victory. I thought he was everywhere, with his effort and work rate being something to really marvel at. Let’s just hope he can maintain the same levels in Lincoln’s trip to Yeovil!
Harry Anderson 7.5 – Another top display from the Lincoln winger who especially in the first half, was without a doubt City’s most dangerous player. He played a big role in Lincoln’s equaliser to make it 1-1, as his composed header to Matt Green was a great bit of vision, and awareness from the 20-year old.
Josh Ginnelly 7 – Josh Ginnelly was a man on a mission in the second half, capping off what was a great performance. It was a searching pass from Ginnelly which helped create Lincoln’s first goal, and the winger was extremely influential throughout the match.
Ollie Palmer 7.5 – Ollie Palmer found the back of the net in the first half with a tidy finish. Palmer put in an excellent showing, and he really has taken his opportunities in this cup competition. You can never question the strikers work rate either, as he puts in 110% for every minute he is on the pitch.
Matt Green 7 – You could see Matt Green was buoyant after his goal against Port Vale last weekend, and he was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet in Tuesday’s game. He looked sharp in and around the box, and unfortunately, Greeny will not be credited for Lincoln’s second goal, which was adjudged to be an own goal.