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Reaction: Blues boss on Lincoln defeat

17 August 2019

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Blues had a tough afternoon on the road as Kevin Bond’s side suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Goals from Jason Shackell and Harry Toffolo put The Imps in control at the break, sealing a comfortable win thanks to a Tyler Walker penalty and Bruno Andrade’s late strike.

After the full-time whistle blew, Bond came out to speak to the press and he gave us his thoughts on the afternoon’s defeat.

On the defeat…

As you can imagine, I’m bitterly disappointed. The goals, as they do, absolutely killed us. I thought we were bright enough but we didn’t pass the ball as well or was patient enough with the ball as I would have liked us to have been. I thought we were as much in the game as Lincoln.

We didn’t hold the ball up as much as I would have liked to have done with two frontmen. I would have liked us to have played off of them, but the ball didn’t stick with them quite as much as I would have liked, but nonetheless, I felt no reason why we would have cause for concern.

We just needed to be a bit more patient in possession I felt and use the ball and then we concede a silly free-kick which we’d spoken and emphasised to the guys before the game about how important restarts are for Lincoln. They score an unmarked header from that, another free-kick two minutes after that and you’re dead, it’s killed us.

What you see is, we know that the next goal coming after half-time is going to be massively important, we make a mistake, 3-0 two minutes in and it just kills your confidence and what you see after that is a result of conceding bad goals.

On lessons learnt…

I don’t know that I’ve learnt any lessons really, other than we can’t afford to concede goals. This club has gone a long time without conceding [keeping a clean sheet] and until we stop conceding goals, you can’t win a football match. It’s debilitating from a confidence point of view because as soon as the first goal goes in you can see the lads going ‘here we go again’ and so it becomes very difficult.

I thought the boys had a really good, high energy performance the other night. We sat our stool out to the do the same thing again and I honestly didn’t think there was anything in the game before they scored the goal.

I thought it was an even game and I was thinking if we can get to half-time and focus on trying to be a bit more patient on the ball, work the ball side-to-side a little bit better, then we would create opportunities. You have to come in with a clean sheet, you can’t keep conceding goals and that’s killing us.

On the mood in the dressing room…

Everybody’s on the floor like you can imagine. Three goals from set-plays – we know that they’ve scored all their goals previous to that from restarts and we’re killing ourselves.

We’re aware of it and have emphasised that you need to have that mentality to not give away goals cheaply – you’re not going to win a game if you give away goals like that.

It’s all about bouncing back at the game on Tuesday and we just need to see a reaction from the guys. The starting point has to be not conceding goals.

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