Lincoln City boss ready to ring the changes for Aldershot challenge
Gary Simpson has hinted a different-looking Lincoln City may be on show this Saturday.
The Imps are due to welcome Aldershot to the Gelder Group Sincil Bank Stadium (3pm) and with his first choice striker out of the equation the Lincoln City boss is certainly looking at a change in personnel up front.
But Simpson has also hinted that with the Shots likely to present a far different challenge to Tamworth last Tuesday, there could be changes elsewhere in the City formation.
“Aldershot will be a different game to Tuesday,” he said.
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“They are a young, vibrant, enthusiastic team. They have plenty of pace and people who can take people on. They can score and they can concede. We are expecting a different kind of a game from the Tamworth game.
“We are getting to that stage of the season when we are going to start picking things up like suspensions. Tom Miller was feeling his groin on Tuesday and one or two others look like they might need a breather. But it’s just when to give them that breather because there are one or two hovering on four bookings.”
"We don’t have Thommo on Saturday, so someone is going to have to play in his place. We’ll have a look and see which way we want to go and pick a team accordingly.
"Every game throws up something else. This game on Saturday will be another kind of game because they have pace and people that can take you on and probably play a bit more open at times. They will try to hit us on the break with the pace that they’ve got.”
Simpson could go with fit-again Waide Fairhust on Saturday, but he also has Nick Wright who is coming back to his best and Danny Rowe could also come back into contention.
However, Simpson has not ruled out recalling young striker Conner Robinson, who is currently on loan at Gainsborough Trinity.
“Conner Robinson is on a one-day recall which means I can recall him 24 hours before if I need him,” said Simpson.
“At the minute we think it’s better that he’s playing, he looks a lot sharper in training. If I thought the players I have got have no form at all then I would probably recall him now. As we stand at the minute, Wrighty has had a couple of run outs, Waide looked a lot more sharper when he came on the other day and Adi (Yussuf) is training with the group again so we are not desperate to get him back.
“He is better off playing, but he is still firmly in our thoughts. If Adi breaks down again then we would probably do it (recall the player).
“Grant Brown is speaking with Steve Housham all the time and I have people that I speak to that go to Conference North games, there are managers I know at that level I can speak to so I do ask how he’s done and how he’s getting on.
We have seen the benefit of him being on loan at Gainsborough. He looks a lot sharper and more confident, he is coming along nicely.”