Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth refuses to hit panic button
David Holdsworth is refusing to panic over Lincoln City's league position, insisting "balance" was crucial when judging the table.
The Lincoln boss watched his side slip to 18th in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Tuesday night as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Stockport.
Despite having beaten Dartford with 10 men on Saturday, City failed to follow it up at Edgeley Park and are now six points off the drop zone.
City's position is slightly eased by the fact that Telford, the last side to occupy a bottom four slot, have played three games more.
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Holdsworth was also quick to point out that while City are six points clear from danger, they are only nine from seventh place.
"We must have a balanced view of our position," he said.
"As much as we are six points off the bottom four, we are nine off seventh and seven from the top half.
"The league is very tight, there are lots of games to go and lots of points to play for.
"I am convinced performances like we produced against Stockport will end with us winning more games than we lose.
"We want to finish as high as we can and that is our objective from now until the end of the season."
City face another testing away trip this weekend when they make the long journey to Hereford.
The Imps beat the Bulls 3-2 earlier in the season when they embarked on a 10-game unbeaten run.
Holdsworth maintained that unless he is forced to make changes by injuries, his aim is to keep a settled team.
"I think you'll find that when we have done well and we've not had injuries, we have kept a settled side," he said.
"In all honesty, I don't like changing the team unless I am absolutely forced to.
"I am reluctant to change too much because I do think we have a team which can develop.
"We'll see who is fit, who is hungry and who has that desire to battle for a win."