Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson prepared to adapt for Forest Green challenge
Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson has stressed that there are no favourites when it comes to his team selection.
He also revealed is ready to tinker again to find the winning formula for today’s clash against Forest Green Rovers at Sincil Bank (3pm) in the Skrill Premier.
The Imps have earned four points from their first two matches of the season, with a 1-0 win at home to Macclesfield coming hot on the heels of a 0-0 draw at Woking on the opening day.
Simpson elected to start with Danny Rowe on Tuesday night, dropping Mo Fofana to the bench. The move paid off as Rowe struck the winning goal.
However, the Imps boss says that even if a player is scoring goals, it is no guarantee they will be in the line-up for the next match.
“I will pick a team that I feel will get us a result in that game,” said Simpson.
“There might be changes in the team from game to game, but that’s not to say the person who has been left out has had a bad game, it might just be about the situation and the opposition we have at the time.
“I know it is frustrating for some who have come here and haven’t played, but I have no favourites.
“You will always get on better with some people in life. However, it does not make a difference when it comes to picking a team for a game.”
Simpson explained why he makes changes to his line-up and how squad rotation plays a key role.
“I believe it’s a game of opposites. It’s about what we want to do, what they don’t want us doing, and then what they want to do, but we don’t want them doing,” said Simpson.
“It’s about getting the balance of not letting them do what they want to do and then us causing them a problem. That’s what I look at every time.
“Tackling Forest Green will be different to tackling Cambridge and the personnel will be different in how we approach those games. In terms of the squad that’s where you utilise it.
“We’ve got a squad, that if we get injuries, suspensions or loss of form, then you know you can bring other people in and the standard will not drop.
“It would be great if we could pick and 11 and use it every week, but I don’t think that’s appropriate at times and we will have to tinker.
“I watched Cambridge and it will be a different game against them to what it will be against Forest Green. To pick the same 11 to do the same job I think is silly to be honest.”