Imps 2-0 Southport

After the absolute low point in club history last Tuesday, the Imps have spent the past week begging our forgiveness and promising to do better.

Who’d have thought they’d actually follow through with their promise? An Imps side went to Gateshead at the weekend and came back with the most unlikely of points and on Tuesday night they put in an assured, solid performance to beat 8th place Southport.

The Imps opened the scoring in the 7th minute from Jean-Francois Christophe’s header from an excellent John Nutter cross and probably should have been up by more at half time.

Richard Pacquette scored Lincoln’s second with a stunning drive from outside the box, his third goal in his first three games for the club.

Southport came back into the game in the second half, but Joe Anyon proved equal to everything the visitors could throw at him.

The one bad note for Lincoln was the withdrawal of Sam Smith in the second half. The forward limped off after a robust challenge and will almost certainly face time on the sidelines.

The pluses:

Richard Pacquette is a hell of a find, looked at home at this level, caused absolute chaos playing off the last man and scored an absolute screamer of a goal.

A clean sheet, only the fifth of the season. We looked, generally, defensively sound until the last 5 minutes or so when even the cool headed Josh Gowling looked stressed.

Joe Anyon. How many saves did he make? Five? Six? Played well, really well.

We played well without the suspended Alan Power. He’s not all we have.

Minuses:

A nervy last few minutes. We seem to have problems closing a game out.

Very low crowd.

Man of the Match: I’m going to give this to Richard Pacquette, purely for that memorable goal.

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