Gary Simpson warns Lincoln City squad to prepare for Hereford battle
Gary Simpson has warned his players Tuesday night’s trip to Hereford will throw up a different challenge to the one they faced at Luton.
While the 3-2 defeat at Kenilworth Road entertained the 6,000 crowd, the Lincoln City boss believes the Edgar Street encounter will be more of a physical affair and his side may have to dig in for a battle.
“We have another long journey now against an experienced, very physical team which will ask us different questions,” said Simpson.
“If we are not up to that battle it will be a difficult match for us, so we have got to be prepared for another style.
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“Technically they (Luton) were a good side on Saturday, these (Hereford) are going to be physically a lot stronger, they’ll put things in our box, they have long throws, they have big strong players and you have to stand up to it.
“Obviously it (Luton) was a setback in terms it was a game we should have won. How that will affect them I don’t know."
Simpson confirmed midfielder Danny Rowe had suffered ankle ligament damage during Saturday's clash at Luton and will miss the trip to Hereford.
However the City boss said some of his squad had been left out on Saturday to keep them fresh for Tuesday evening.
"Travelling does take it out of you which is why I have tried to keep one or two fresh for Tuesday," he added,"
"Rowe has got some ligament damage, we have had it scanned. There’s nothing broken, but definite ligament damage and he will be out for two or three weeks.
"It will be an opportunity for someone else to come in. They all realise the squad we’ve got, people are always looking over their shoulder, they have to perform or someone will take their place.