Simpson: Ben Tomlinson will get bookings, but I would not change him
Gary Simpson will be without his first choice striker on Saturday due to his collection of bookings, but the Lincoln City boss says he would not change Ben Tomlinson.
The frontman picked up his fifth yellow card against Tamworth on Tuesday so has been slapped with an immediate one-match ban.
Simpson says the striker’s full-blooded style and commitment are to blame for the booking he receives, but insists it is also that commitment which makes him so valuable to the Imps.
That’s Thommo, you can’t change him and I don’t want to change him,” said Simpson.
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“ We know that he goes in for stuff and he is going to pick up those sort of bookings, that’s how he is. If you take that away from him you are taking something away from his as a player. He gives everything, he’s a winner and I think everyone appreciates him within the club and the team, supporters as well."
While Simpson will be without Tomlinson for the visit of Aldershot on Saturday, he believes he could have a ready made replacement waiting in the wings.
“Thommo will be a big loss, but as one door closes another opens for someone else,” he said.
We’ll see who. Waide (Fairhurst) was a bit down, he hasn’t been looking bright, but these last ten days or so he’s been like the old Waide, before we chucked him in against Forest Green Rovers.
“To be honest, I was considering whether or not to play him against Tamworth, but I thought we’d stay with the team that played Nuneaton in the end. But he’s been itching, which is what I want to see from him a bit more.
“The bubbliness, which makes something happen when he gets the ball. He came on against Tamworth and as soon as he came on he looked bright and created a few opportunities and looked to get a few shots off and that’s what he needs to do.”