Imps chief says recovery will be a long hard road
Gary Simpson insisted reviving Lincoln City's fortunes will be a "long, hard road" and maintained he was never carried away by their fine start.
The Imps travel to promotion-chasing Kidderminster this weekend hoping they can bounce back from two disappointing performances against Tamworth and Aldershot.
Despite a run of just one win in six games, City remain ninth in the table following their best start to the season since the 2006/7 campaign.
With anxiety levels rising among some fans, Simpson says his job of ending five years of misery was never going to be an overnight fix.
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And he says there is little chance of breaking the bank for new signings to give him a helping hand.
"There is a little bit of money for a loan signing, but whether I am going to have that loan is another matter," he said.
"I've always said you pay what you can afford and this club has been in some difficult times.
"We know where we are and we know what we have got.
"I know we have been up there and people have said 'we are going to do this, that and the other'.
"People get carried away, but we knew it was going to be a long, hard, road back in terms of getting the club on a level footing and getting it right.
"A supporter said to me 'we need two wingers, go and sign and pay for them'.
"But what we can afford is what we can afford.
"At the end of the day, the lads have been terrific.
"Yes we have had a couple of games where we haven't scored, but the least we should have come away with from Saturday's game against Aldershot is a point."
Simpson's cause has not been helped by injuries to his forward line with Danny Rowe (ankle) the latest attacking player on the treatment table.
Summer signings Nick Wright and Adi Yussuf have been sidelined for long spells while Ben Tomlinson was suspended last weekend.
He will return for the trip to the Harriers as Simpson admitted having everybody fit at the same time has so far eluded him.
"We've got Danny out at the moment, but for how long I don't know because his ankle keeps on swelling up," he said.
"Up top we have not had everybody fit at once.
"It's been frustrating because the one thing I did think in pre-season was that we had goals in us, but it's been the hardest thing to come by.
"But we will keep going and fighting on."