Jake Sheridan intends to help Lincoln City find home comfort
Jake Sheridan is baffled why Lincoln City suffer stage fright at Sincil Bank as he urged his team-mates to correct their stuttering home form.
The Imps entertain Stockport this weekend in the Blue Square Bet Premier where victory would take them further away from the drop zone.
Lincoln go into the game on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory at Halifax on Tuesday as they sealed a date with Walsall in the FA Cup first round.
The win stretched Lincoln's unbeaten run to four games but they have not won at home since beating Nuneaton 2-1 a month ago.
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Sheridan remains mystified why Lincoln's best performances have come on the road, but says the trend needs to change, and quickly.
"The confidence is rising with each and every game and I've always maintained you have to take the positives from every game you play," he said.
"We did that against Wrexham and even against Halifax in the first game at Saturday, we managed to keep a clean sheet.
"But I think we all know that the home form needs to improve because we've shown on many occasions that on our travels we are a good team.
"We now have to carry that into our performances at Sincil Bank, more so for the fans than anything else.
"The majority of people who come to watch us are at home so it's down to us to show them what we can do and get them behind us.
"I'm a bit baffled why we cannot do it, but it's certainly not because we are cursed.
"Maybe it's just a case of how the other teams are setting up against us.
"When we are away from home the onus is on the opposition to attack which suits us. We just have to find a way of tackling it ourselves.
"But I'm confident that once we get that big result at home, the rest will surely follow."
Lincoln will certainly fancy their chances of an overdue home win when they tackle Stockport this weekend.
The Hatters, whose boss Jim Gannon watched the Imps' game against Halifax on Tuesday, are only four points ahead of them in the table.
Sheridan, in particular, will hope to keep his place in Holdsworth's starting 11 having finally scored his first goals of the season in the win at the Shay on Tuesday.
It was long overdue for the former Tamworth midfielder, who has spurned a number of chances this season.
"I said that I just needed a goal to go in off my backside or something like that," he said.
"But my goal on Tuesday was decent so hopefully that will give me the confidence to keep getting into the area.
"The gaffer maintained that as long as I got into the positions then a goal would come eventually.
"The aim is to try to continue to get in those positions and it would be nice to follow it up with another goal against Stockport."