Lincoln City striker Waide Fairhurst determined to keep his place
Lincoln City striker Waide Fairhurst revealed his frustration at being left out of the team at the start of the season, but fully accepts the decision made by manager Gary Simpson.
The striker arrived in the summer from Macclesfield and impressed during pre-season.
However, he was left on the bench for the first two matches of Lincoln’s Skrill Premier campaign and did not get his first start until City took on big-spending Forest Green Rovers.
He took his chance by banging in two goals in the match as the Imps earned an impressive 2-1 win over the hotly-tipped South West outfit.
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“Honestly, it was very frustrating, but I spoke to the manager after the Macclesfield game and he said I would get my chance against Forest Green,” said Fairhurst.
“I have come to the club to fight for my place but I have also come to play. But I got my chance and I hope I’ve kept my shirt. It’s good to get my chance now and keep my shirt.”
Fairhurst missed the 1-0 defeat at Cambridge United due to injury, but was back to help the Imps to a 2-0 win over Wrexham on Bank Holiday Monday.
If he has to drop out again, though, he said it is easier to accept because Simpson is willing to talk over his decisions.
“I understand what the manager has to do, but when it’s me that has to drop out I don’t like it, but no player likes it,” said Fairhurst.
“If that’s the manager’s thinking for that certain game you just have to accept it.
“He has always said we can talk to him at any time if we have any problems.
“He is not a gaffer where you can’t go and speak with him, he’s not like that. He will sit down and tell you why he’s doing that.”