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‘I was disappointed we weren’t two or three up at half-time’ - Lincoln boss Appleton, after seeing off Town

Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton and assistant David Kerslake (right). Appleton was pleased with his team's win over Town. Photo: PA

Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton and assistant David Kerslake (right). Appleton was pleased with his team's win over Town. Photo: PA

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Lincoln boss Michael Appleton insisted the Imps’ 1-0 triumph over Ipswich Town was just reward for his side’s ‘outstanding’ first half performance.

Tomas Holy is beaten from the penalty spot by Jorge Grant at Lincoln City. Picture PagepixTomas Holy is beaten from the penalty spot by Jorge Grant at Lincoln City. Picture Pagepix

The Imps soared to the top of League One thanks to Jorge Grant’s penalty 13 minutes from time after Brennan Johnson had been fouled by Aristote Nsiala.

Town’s day got worse in added time when former Imps midfielder Jon Nolan was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Harry Anderson.

Then, after a final whistle, Ipswich boss Paul Lambert was shown a red card himself after angrily confronting the officials.

The winning goal came amid a scrappy second half which looked set to end goalless.

But Appleton was delighted with the football his side played in the first half and then with the way they managed the contest in the second period.

The Ipswich management team are not happy with the officials at Lincoln City. Picture PagepixThe Ipswich management team are not happy with the officials at Lincoln City. Picture Pagepix

“I thought we were outstanding in the first half,” he told Lincolnshire Live.

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Jon Nolan gets consolation from his manager after he was shown a red card at Lincoln City. Picture PagepixJon Nolan gets consolation from his manager after he was shown a red card at Lincoln City. Picture Pagepix

“The second half was a bit bitty, but after the football we played and the chances we created, I was disappointed we weren’t two or three up at half-time.

“In the second half it was a different type of game, a bit scrappy, but we’ve kept another clean sheet and Alex (Palmer) had one save of note to make. To do that against a side as a good as Ipswich, we’re pleased.

“In the second half, we managed the game, we did what we needed to do. We hit them on the counter-attack at times. It was well controlled by the senior players.”

The result also saw Lincoln’s third clean sheet in a row.

“That’s the fifth shutout we’ve had in the eight league games, which is pleasing,” he added.

Oli Hawkins way off target at Lincoln City with this effort. Picture PagepixOli Hawkins way off target at Lincoln City with this effort. Picture Pagepix

“It’s not easy to do that, it’s tough, and there’s a lot of work that goes in to getting those types of stats, but we’ve got to keep doing it.

“People will be there to knock us if we don’t do it so we have to keep doing the right things and stay humble.”


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