Barnet trip can spark us back to life, says returning Imps skipper
Alan Power is relishing the role of being the underdog when Lincoln City take on Barnet.
The Imps travel to the Bees on Saturday in the Skrill Premier on the back of a frustrating home defeat to newly promoted Salisbury City last weekend.
Power had to watch from the stands as he sat out the final game of a three-match ban following his red card in the 1-0 loss at Cambridge United last month.
However, the captain is back in contention for Saturday and believes that while City started as favourites against Salisbury last weekend, the boot will be on the other foot when they take on Edgar Davids' side at the Hive.
SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL LUXE OIL uses a reconstructive Transform Technology that benefits hair inside and out, while protecting it from damage:
Terms: Whilst stocks last.
Contact: 01522 303163
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
"It was frustrating watching from the stands and I could see the lads were getting wound up as well. But we must bounce back, it will make or break our season," said Power.
"Against Salisbury there was a lot of expectation on us playing a side like that at home. So it's great we have Barnet. They have had a great start, so we can show what we are about.
"We have to put what happened against Salisbury down as a learning experience, and the same thing happened during pre-season. When we played Grantham, they got the better of us and it was a kick up the backside.
"That match opened our eyes and was the kick-start to our season. We've got to do the same at Barnet and use it to kick us into life."
Power admitted there was frustration after the final whistle on Saturday and said Lincoln failed to show the same threat on the ball as they had in previous matches.
"We were frustrated that we did not play to the tempo we had done in recent games. We did not move the ball as quickly," said Power.
"Salisbury sat in and hit us on the counter. We didn't create enough chances, but I felt it would have been totally different if we had got the first goal.
"If I was playing I would have tried to lift the energy and give it a bit of life. That's what it needed. There was a different feel as soon as Jake Sheridan came on. He got at players.
"We did not dwell on the defeat. Maybe a little bit on the Monday, but we had a chat about what happened and what we needed to do.
"The team spirit is brilliant, there is no point dwelling on the past, it's about learning from it and moving on."