Early goals are wrecking Lincoln City, says Imps boss David Holdsworth
David Holdsworth is desperate to cut out the early goals that are threatening to derail Lincoln City's season.
The Imps boss watched on as his side found themselves going behind after 43 seconds against Tamworth on Saturday and within three minutes against Nuneaton on Tuesday night.
Against Tamworth the Imps slumped to a 1-0 defeat, but on Tuesday night they rallied to beat Nuneaton 2-1.
However, as City face a trip to high-flying Forest Green Rovers on Friday night, Holdsworth is urging his back four to show more concentration in the opening minutes.
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"We are well aware of the situation," said Holdsworth. "And we work on the method every day in training.
"What I have to accept though is that as soon as the players cross the white line and go onto the pitch it is up to them.
"They are good lads, but they are young and that lack of knowledge and leadership can be crucial in the early stages of a game.
"In an ideal world you would want an experienced defender at the back leading the line, but they cost money the club cannot afford at present."
While the scenario is tough to stomach for the man who spent his career marshalling the defence for clubs like Sheffield United and Birmingham City, Holdsworth is remaining pragmatic.
"We have some talented players," he said. "Someone like Andrew Boyce has the physical ability to mix it.
"However, the fact is for him and Graham Hutchison it is their first stint at this level, they are not seasoned with 40 to 50 games."
Meanwhile, Holdsworth has blasted Friday night's trip to Forest Green as "ridiculous" insisting the lack of recovery time for his players could hurt his squad.
The Imps will play their third game in under a week tomorrow when they travel to Dave Hockday's big spending promotion contenders.
Forest Green were also in action on Tuesday night, securing a 2-1 win at Hereford United.
But they have spent big over the summer and their squad of 27 is packed with strength in depth.
The game was brought forward to be screened live by Premier Sports but Holdsworth said he would have preferred it to have been played on Saturday night.
"It's ridiculous," he said. "I find it stupid we have this fixture so soon. We only have a small squad yet we are facing our third game in a under a week.
"We hardly have any time to recover and whoever does these fixtures must have a strange old computer.
"Would I have preferred the game to be played Saturday night? Of course I would."