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MATCH PREVIEW: LINCOLN CITY (A)

23 February 2021

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Swindon travel to the LNER Stadium to face League One leaders Lincoln City this evening.

Scott Twine’s stoppage-time goal sealed what could be a pivotal three points at home to Crewe Alexandra, and the Town now have the table toppers in their sights.

The Reds will be seen as the underdogs in this affair; however, they have beaten teams at the top of the table before, with the 2-1 home victory against Hull City earlier in the season proving the lads can turn it on for the big occasions.

Town’s victory against Alexandra has lifted them out of the relegation zone and they will need to maintain the levels shown on Saturday to move even further away from it.

The League One leaders were victorious in the previous meeting between the two sides at the County Ground, with Lewis Montsma’s header in the 74th minute being just about enough to secure the three points for City.

However, Town will be taking a completely different side to the LNER Stadium and they will be going into the match with strong momentum.

Town will also be going into the contest with history on their side as The Reds boast the slightly better overall record against Lincoln with nine victories compared with City’s six.

The Opposition:

Since a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Doncaster Rovers, City have put together a strong run of results including an away 3-0 victory against Gillingham, away draws against Hull City and Accrington Stanley of 0-0 and 2-2 respectively and a recent 2-1 away victory against Wigan.

Managed by Michael Appleton, Lincoln are an extremely strong and pragmatic side who boast the best defence in the division, conceding only 23 goals in 28 matches.

If they score first, it is very rare they let the lead slip so the Town will need to be extra clinical if they are to secure a result.

While their defence is currently the best in the League, Lincoln play a free flowing, attractive brand of football which teams have struggled greatly to stop.

Jorge Grant and Brennan Johnson are the ones to watch out for, topping The Imps goalscoring and assist making charts respectively.

Powerful defender Lewis Montsma is also a huge threat from set pieces, and it was his winner which downed The Reds at the County Ground.

Team news:

John Sheridan mentioned in the pre-match press conference that it would be the same squad named as Saturday’s win over Crewe.

In terms of squad injuries, Town hope to have Tyler Smith, Jordan Lyden and Joel Grant fit for Saturday’s home clash with fellow strugglers Northampton Town.

How to Watch:

This evening's game is available to stream via iFollow STFC, where supporters are able to purchase a Match Pass for a fee of £10.


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