Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson: We've missed striker Ben Tomlinson
Gary Simpson has paid the biggest compliment to striker Ben Tomlinson, insisting ‘you don’t realise how much you miss him until he’s gone.’
Lincoln City’s leading scorer was conspicuous by his absence in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Aldershot. And, with his one-game suspension for five yellow cards now served, he is expected to be back in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Kidderminster.
And, speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Imps boss Simpson hinted the 23-year-old could come straight back into the starting line-up.
“You don’t realise how much you miss him until he’s not there,” said Simpson. “In this day and age when you ask centre forwards to maybe take care of two central defenders, Tommo seems to take care of about four defenders.
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“He runs from one to the other, to the other and he just doesn’t stop. It is a tremendous sort of outlet for the other players and they see him doing that and you know you are always going to put people under pressure.“
Whoever comes into the side on Saturday Simpson will be hoping to put an end to their disappointing record, which has seen them win just one game in their last six.
“Kidderminster have just started to roll now,” Simpson added. “They have gone second and they have some very good players. They have about six if you like that they can rotate up top. In midfield they have three in there that are all comfortable on the ball and they all interchange and they get forward.
“We know it is going to be a difficult game. But we have been to places like Luton and Barnet and put up a good showing so we just hope that we can do that again.
“They are at home so the onus is on them to come and have a go at us and we have got to be wary of that, but in saying that I still feel we have good players in our team to cause problems, as we have in other away games. “