PLAYER RATINGS: Lincoln City V Swindon Town

Lincoln City made it six points from a possible six after their first two games this season.

Goals from John Akinde, Michael Bostwick, Harry Toffolo and Matt Green helped City comfortably dispatch of Swindon Town.

Here are our player ratings from the match:

Josh Vickers 7

  • For the most part, it was a relatively quiet afternoon for the Lincoln keeper. It was a stark contrast to his extremely busy performance against Northampton. He made an important save in the first-half showing good awareness to sprint off his line and deny Jermaine McGlashan from close range. He was unable to keep out Michael Doughty’s penalty kick, but I don’t think anyone will be criticizing for that.

Neal Eardley 7

  • There were a few astray passes and unsurprisingly heavy touches from Eardley today but overall, he had a good game. The right-back defended well when he needed to, and also put in some good crosses when he was able to push forward. Himself and Harry Anderson have struck up a good partnership which will be great to see develop throughout the season.

 Scott Wharton 8

  • I thought that Scott Wharton was brilliant today. Thoroughly dominant in the air against a tough aerial challenge against Swindon’s Elijah Adebayo. I was elated to hear the news when we re-signed the young defender, and his performance today proved exactly why. His composure on the ball was also very noticeable and he defended with real poise. A top outing!

Michael Bostwick 7.5

  • Another excellent showing from Bozzie who showed his versatility moving into midfield in the second-half having played majority of the game alongside Scott Wharton. His tackling and interceptions were immense in what was a defensively sound showing from the 30-year old.

Harry Toffolo 7.5

  • Simply put, Harry Toffolo was terrific today. After a tough match against Northampton last week, Toffolo responded in impressive fashion. He worked really well with Bruno Andrade causing problems for Swindon all game. His delivery from set-pieces was decent and I believe he will go from strength-to-strength with each game.

Lee Frecklington 7 

  • Captaining the side for the first time this season, Lee Frecklington stepped up to the plate with a good performance. He epitomized what an end-to-end midfielder looks like which was being just as good defensively as he was going forward. I feel Frecklington is really going to embrace the skipper role and if he stays fit will be one of the standout players for the rest of our 2018-19 campaign.

Michael O’Connor 7.5 

  • It was fantastic to see Michael O’Connor start today and he put in a performance to match. He brought a real element of calmness on the ball even when he was being put under pressure. The partnership with Frecklington in the middle of the park worked really well and no doubt these two will shape up together once again. With his injury hit season last year, it’s important to manage him correctly which I why I think it was a smart decision to substitute him.

Bruno Andrade 8

  • An exceptional performance from the wide-man today. The pace and dribbling ability he showed was top-quality, and the Swindon right-back will be happy to see the back of him after Andrade ran him ragged for the full 90. Seeing him play the way he did only fills me with more excitement. It was him who played the ball into Matt Green to help create the third goal which was probably the moment where the points were well and truly sealed.

Shay McCarten 8

  • By far the best player on the pitch by a mile in the first 30 minutes. It was a complete mismatch between the Robins’ midfielders and McCarten who breezed past them on countless occasions. The Northern Irishman looked really sharp with his first touch and close control around the penalty area. We were at our best when he was able to pick up the ball and exploit the space in-front of him. He wasn’t as effective in the second 45, but I think he struggled because the away side had a good spell after the restart which then resulted in a like-for-like swap with Tom Pett.

Harry Anderson 7

  • Harry Anderson had the experienced Matthew Taylor on skates today. Anderson used his pace and got in-behind Taylor all match and it was a part of the game-plan that worked really well. The only thing I will say is that his decision making in the final third was sub-standard. After getting into some great positions his passing let him down and he maybe could have scored in the second-half. The 21-year old has all the ability and he has been improving with each season. When he becomes more decisive going forward he could develop into the perfect player, but he has a long way to go.

John Akinde 7

  • John Akinde netted his first goal in a Lincoln City shirt after cooling slotting home from 12-yards. The big man led the line very effectively and he showed his superior link up play when controlling with his chest and also with his feet. He showed pace and power and those Swindon defenders will go home tonight knowing they were outdone by some top-quality forward play.

 

What a way to mark the return of football to Sincil Bank.

If the team can play like that every week then we will be in for a special season.

Onwards and upwards.

 

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