Boyce: There is no crisis at Lincoln
Andrew Boyce insists there is no crisis at Lincoln City.
The Imps' defender came out fighting following their second successive defeat against Hereford on Tuesday evening, when a late Chris Bush goal earned the Bulls all three points at Edgar Street.
With the loss coming on the back of last Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Luton, supporters have seen Gary Simpson's side slip from the brink of the play-off places to tenth place in the Skrill Premier table.
However, Boyce hit back at those who are quick to write off Lincoln's play-off hopes and says a return to winning ways against Hyde on Saturday would reduce the two previous defeats to a distant memory.
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"We probably should be beating sides like Hereford if we want to do well this season," said Boyce.
"You have to come to places like this and get three points, that's what the best teams will do.
"But I don't think there is much wrong. Last Saturday (against Luton), how we haven't come away with something from the game I don't know. And a point would have been fair from the Hereford game.
"We should have got something from both of the games but we have lost them both. I would not say it's a crisis, but we should be doing better."
The Imps central defender was instrumental in repelling the Hereford attacks in the second half on Tuesday evening.
But the former Gainsborough Trinity man could do nothing about the scrambled goal from former Lincoln loanee Bush, whose winner five minutes from time appeared to go in off a City defender.
"I thought we were the best side in the first half but it's gut wrenching to concede so late on," Boyce added.
"It's depressing. I can't remember any real saves Farms (Paul Farman) has had to make and we certainly didn't make their keeper work, which is criminal, so it looked like a 0-0 but it's more disappointing when you don't even get a point."
Following a disappointing week on the road, Boyce and his Lincoln team mates face bottom club Hyde at Sincil Bank on Saturday, but the challenge is not likely to become any easier, according to Boyce.
"Three points is a must on Saturday," he said. "If we do that I think these two defeats may become a distant memory.
"We will come back to training and the losses will still be at the back of our minds because we haven't done the business.
"But we will pick ourselves up. We will work hard in training and get ready for Hyde and be buzzing again come Saturday.
"It is not going to get any easier against Hyde. We have seen anything can happen in this league. There are good teams from the top all the way down to the bottom. Everyone battles, every team works hard, it's always a tough game.
"But the best teams nick wins here and there, and the teams that fall short are the ones that concede late on."