Frecklington focuses on positives after poor run
Lincoln United manager Dave Frecklington believes there are still positives to be taken from his team's performances despite five defeats in the last six matches.
They created several good goal-scoring opportunities when they travelled to Loughborough last Saturday in the Evo-Stik League Division One (South), but could only convert one.
The Whites went down 3-1 in a match which, according to Frecklington, hinged on the decision not to award his side a penalty.
At 1-0 down, there was the potential to equalise.
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However, the referee decided that striker Gio Carchedi had dived in the penalty area and booked him for simulation.
"That decision was the turning point in the game," said Frecklington. "Carchedi had his legs taken from him and he got booked for diving.
"I would be worried if we weren't creating chances.
"One day they will all go in and someone will suffer."
Saturday's match saw the return of Stuart Reddington at the heart of the defence. He added experience and stability to the back four which saw Brendan McDaid play at right full-back.
Josh Bowden came on as a substitute and put in a tireless display, giving the opposition defence no time to settle.
Gio Carchedi confirmed his fitness following a hamstring strain.
He was a constant threat to the home side. His fifth minute effort in the first half brought about a fine save from the Loughborough goalkeeper.
New on-loan signing from Lincoln City, Karl Cunningham, made his debut and showed some promising touches.
For the first time this season, there were no injuries, while the loss of striker Andy Hutchinson to Eastwood Town has not unsettled the Whites' boss.
"The team spirit is great. The lads can't wait for the next game," said Frecklington.
"We've got the right characters in the dressing room to take us forward.
"Everyone in the club is right behind us and we are all pulling in the right direction. We just need a little bit of luck'.
Rainworth Miners (a), Saturday, October, 19, 3pm