Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson does his homework on Barnet
Gary Simpson has admitted the tactics applied by Salisbury last Saturday was a surprise to the Lincoln City management team.
The Imps boss revealed his homework on Salisbury did not suggest they would pack men behind the ball and defend for long spells of the game. Simpson also claims the result against last season’s promoted side was a blip for the Imps which surprised both himself and his team.
“The Salisbury game was a blip,” said Simpson.
“It was something we didn’t expect. Something we hadn’t seen in the report, something we hadn’t seen in the DVDs.
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“I did say it would be a tough game, they are athletic, they are good at set pieces, but I didn’t expect them to just come and sit in, which gave us a problem in how to get around them.
“Our best spell of the game was probably the last ten minutes when we put Boycey (Andrew Boyce) up front. But it is a learning curve for us all. We have a young bunch who have come a long way.”
If the Lincoln City boss was surprised by last week’s opponents, it is clear that Simpson has left no stone unturned in preparation for this Saturday’s trip to North London.
“Barnet will have a go at us,” he added. “The pace they have in the wide areas, the three in midfield can all play, two of them represented England in the week, the lad up front and the winger, who has been playing particularly well.
“They have two massive centre halves and two fullbacks that like to get forward so they are going to come and play and have a real go. We have to be a bit cute and cause them a problem and that’s what we are looking to do
“It will be horses for courses. People have different strengths to other people. You have to weigh that up with what we are trying to do. I know supporters have favourites and when their favourite isn’t playing they think everyone else is rubbish.
“But as a management team we have to look at everything. Some of the players I thought would give Salisbury a problem were just a bit off the pace, so I have to take that into consideration.”