Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson: We're not being negative
Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson has hit back at critics who claim his side are being too negative.
The Imps have played Ben Tomlinson in a lone strike role for the majority of the season.
However, Simpson has insisted the situation is one that has been forced on him and is not of his choosing.
“We haven’t scored as many goals as we want to. I fully appreciate that,” said Simpson.
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“Some of my goalscorers that we thought could do it, have for one reason or another have been injured or been off form, or been ill in some cases. It all goes into the mix.
“We would love to go out and rattle in four or five in during one game. We’ve love to. But we’re doing what we’re doing and I still feel we are playing decent stuff. We have created opportunities and not took them.
“When we played against Southport, we kept the ball for 20-odd passes. We go down one side of the pitch, we come across, go down the other side of the pitch. We get Sean Newton to the by-line, he crosses it for the other full-back to head it in and we’ve being negative? I don’t know.
“That’s two full-backs further up the pitch than anybody else in the team. I don’t know what is negative and what isn’t now.
“I know that we are not going to please everybody all the time. I know that, I’ve learned that. I’ve also learned that you are also never going to please some people any of the time. There always people that know better than all of us.”
Back-to-back defeats at Luton Town and Hereford United have seen Lincoln drop out of the play-off positions.
The Imps have a chance to move back up the table tomorrow when they host basement side Hyde FC at Sincil Bank in the Skrill Premier (3pm).
However, Simpson feels on reflection there was plenty to take out of the matches.
“The one thing I have learned is that in the heat of the battle, you think that the little things are major,” said Simpson.
“Once you sit back and reflect on it you realise don’t be too up when things are going well and don’t be too down when they aren’t going well. Because somewhere in there is a happy medium to see you through this stuff.
“We’ve got to be positive. We haven’t played that badly. People can say we have played negatively, or whatever they want. But from where we have come from, to where we are trying to get to, the curve is upwards.
“We have lost three games away from home at Cambridge, Luton and Hereford.
“However, we’ve gone to places and they have turned around and complimented us. We came away from Barnet, ‘you’re the best team we’ve played’. We came away from Luton, ‘you’re the best team we’ve played’. We came away from Cambridge, ‘you’re the best team we’ve played’. And we must be doing something right.
“We are not doing right all the time for where we want to be. However, the players have come a long way. They have been chucked together this summer.
“They are still young, we’ve had a few injuries to cope with and everything else and we’ve had a couple of set backs. I know we have.
“Now it is the case of getting them through this little period. It’s like we have to in a game. Sometimes when you are under the cosh you just have to get together see yourself through that 10 minutes and move on again.
“It’s the same here. We’ve had two defeats. We’ve got to regroup and go again.”