Gary Simpson vows to work 24/7 to save Lincoln City from relegation
Gary Simpson has vowed to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to save Lincoln City from relegation.
The new City boss insisted it is the commitment required to save the Imps from slipping further into non-league obscurity.
Simpson suffered his first defeat since returning to Sincil Bank when his former club Macclesfield Town earned a 2-1 win over his new club at Moss Rose on Wednesday night.
But Simpson insists his side were unlucky not to return to Lincolnshire with at least a point.
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"We stuck to the game plan quite well and got our noses in front," he said.
"I thought we would just keep frustrating them for 15 or 20 minutes after half-time, but unfortunately we conceded a sloppy goal.
"That sort of got their tails up and then they got their second goal.
"We could have folded, but credit to the lads, they stuck to it and at the end we had a couple of decent chances."
One of those chances fell to Jake Sheridan, who could have done better from six yards out, but his header from Peter Gilbert’s cross flew over the bar.
And, with the last kick of the game, Adam Smith had the chance to add to Alan Power’s 23rd minute penalty and snatch a point.
The City winger watched the ball come down over his shoulder and his volley from close range flew high over the Town bar.
"The header, he (Jake Sheridan) said he lost the ball in the lights, and then the volley right at the end. We might have got a little draw out of it," Simpson added.
"You can't legislate for an own goal like that, we didn't quite do it, but I would be more concerned if we had then folded at 2-1 down.
"It could have become three, four or five, but we got ourselves back into the game and I thought we started to keep the ball a bit better.
"I can't fault the effort and commitment from then lads, but we have had just three training sessions and we have games coming thick and fast.
"We need to strengthen all over the pitch. I have brought two in but I couldn’t play them at Macclesfield.
"We have to try and change things. It's not rocket science, everyone can see the stats, that's what has been happening.
"But we have to stick together.
"It’s my life, 24-7, my phone is never off. I am always out trying to find a player and that will not change. I will work as hard as I can to make sure this football club is still here next season."