Another night of dross at Burton Albion with the Imps comprehensively beaten by the Brewers. The fans did get one moment of magic from Ashley Grimes, but judging by the texts people those that went are not overly enamoured by another poor performance. At least we have now scored against the Brewers and what a goal it was.
To The teams & schemes then
Corbett James Austin Boertien
Maghoma Penn Webster
Substitutes Whaley on for Penn 79 Rodney on for Webster 79
Substitutes 1 Poole, 15 Austin, 9 Whaley, 17 Phillips, 10 Walker, 18 Pearson, 30 Rodney
Lincoln City 4-4-2
Kelly Hone Watts Hunt
Carayol (Yel) Fuseini O’Keefe (Yel) McCallum
Substitutions Clapham on for McCallum 62 and Hutchinson on for 31 Fuseini 62 Spencer on for Facey 74
Substitutes 20 Musselwhite, 2 Green, 19 Clapham, 40 Kanyuka, 25 Hughton, 27 Hutchinson, 39 Spencer
But To The Game Footy Fans To The Game...................
A lethargic start by the Imps saw Burton take the initiative and make the early running. Webster’s header was cleared off the line by Kelly in the third minute before the Brewers took a deserved tenth minute lead. A long ball from Webster caused a calamitous mix up between Carson and Hone and lone front man Winnall nipped in to round the keeper and shoot home from inside the box.
Penn then fired inches past the post before Watt headed against his own bar as the Imps struggled to stay in the game. We would happily take just a one nil deficit although Carayol produced a couple of crosses at the end of the first half to at least give the 200 that travelled a smile.
Then straight after half time a killer blow as the Imps once again succumbed to a set piece on 48 minutes. Paul Boertien swung in a corner and left winger Webster turned in from close range. Burton continued to dominate with the woeful Imps offering little before Burton added a third. Carayol fouled Jacques Maghoma at a corner giving ref Haywood no option but to award a penalty. Sam Winnall made no mistake from the spot giving Carson no chance.
Tilson tried a double substitution in the 62nd minute to little effect with Clapham on for McCallum and Hutchinson on for Fuseini. On 75 Scott Spencer came on for Facey and looked lively in the last fifteen minutes linking up well with Grimes and Hutchinson. Grimes made the journey almost worthwhile when he curled a 25 yard wonder goal from the left hand side of the area into the far corner for a superb consolation in the 82nd minute.
A shot count of 20 from Burton to the Imps 3 showed just how comprehensively we were beaten tonight. They passed better got into us early and never let us settle with 4-2-3-1 strangling our conventional 4-4-2. With Southend coming up on Saturday you have to fear the worst. Let us hope none of those at this one comeback and tell their friends as there will be few enough pay on the gate Imps as it is.
Burton Albion 3-1 Lincoln City (HT 1-0)
Burton: Winnall 11 & (pen) 75 Webster 48
Imps: Grimes 82
Ref: Haywood Att 2051 (200 Imps)
Burton Albion 55% Lincoln City 45%
Shots on target
Burton Albion 5 Lincoln City 2
Shots off target
Burton Albion 15 Lincoln City 1
Burton Albion 6 Lincoln City 2
Burton Albion 5 Lincoln City 11
Burton Albion 2 Lincoln City 1
Burton Albion 2 Lincoln City 4