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Sol's Lincoln Preview

30 January 2020

Blues are back at Roots Hall this Saturday for their first home game of a what is going to be a busy February.

Sol Campbell’s side picked up five crucial points in January and will be aiming to continue that improved form and build on their home performances. 

Ahead of this weekends clash the Blues boss gave his thoughts:

On facing Lincoln City... 

"Doncaster on a Tuesday night is always a difficult place to go and for me seeing the side go from the 7-1 defeat against the same side at Roots Hall before going to the kind of performance and chances we created on Tuesday fills me with confidence because you can see the improvements we’ve made as a unit. 

"But, the Rovers game is done now, it’s a small blip in what was a very productive month for us. We regroup and go again on Saturday. 

"Lincoln will be a similar test to Doncaster. 

"We have to defend as a team and do it properly, but when we have possession, we have to utilise the ball more, look for the counter-attacks, push forward and do it well.  

"We hit the post a couple of times, created good chances and scored a goal, it’s not bad but when we have those chances we’ve got to take them and that’s what we’ll be aiming for against Lincoln."

On Tom Hopper's return to Roots Hall...

"Tom is a fantastic lad and a great player and I hope he goes from strength to strength. He’s a good forward who works his socks off, both on and off the ball. He puts in 100 percent every time and we have to watch out for him. 

"We know how he plays and we know his strengths and we have to focus on not letting him play to those strengths. 

"However, I’m sure he will get a nice round of applause from the crowd whether he starts or comes on."

On a personal note... 

"I’m up for the fight, we’re definitely not down and out yet, I’ll keep on going and so will the team.

"I’m here, I love the game and love being a manager. 

"It’s not always easy but you have to find a way to make it work. You have to be positive, and I think the lads worked their socks off at Doncaster and played well against a really mobile team, if we were sharper and a bit more alive, we could have got another goal. 

"We’ve had a few young players come through recently and they’ve given me food for thought, if I have to keep re-jigging things to work then that’s what I’ll do." 

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