Lincoln City scored six goals on the road for the first time since 1932 yesterday, as they battered a sorry Port Vale 2-6 at Vale Park on Saturday afternoon.
The League Two leaders scored three goals in each half, as The Imps cruised to a 2-6 win in front of the away fans yesterday afternoon. Goals from Harry Anderson (3), Shay McCartan (38), Leon Legge (45’+5 OG), Michael Bostwick (48), Scott Wharton (78) and James Wilson (84) helped Lincoln City stay top of the League, four points clear of 2nd place Exeter City.
The win was The Imps’ tenth of the season, succumbing Port Vale to their third consecutive loss and down to 16th place on 14 points – seven points behind the play-offs and six points above the relegation places.
Imps manager Danny Cowley was understandably thrilled with his side’s performance.
“It was a real squad effort and that was the most pleasing thing that came from it,” he told Lincolnshire Live.
“We’re not the biggest in terms of squad size, but we have real quality in the numbers we do have.”
“We went into the game without John Akinde and Michael O’Connor, and then obviously Jason Shackell pulled up in the warm-up.
“We also lost Lee Frecklington at half time and when you’re without players with that experience – as well as having quite a few others feeling under the weather – then I have to credit the players.
“I thought they handled themselves really well because there would have been valid excuses for them to make had they not performed, but they didn’t need excuses as they showed real commitment to the cause.”
Cowley was thrilled to see four of his side’s six goals come from corners.
“We were aware that we could carry certain threats from set pieces, but it’s one thing putting them on a tactics board and another thing completely different in actual execution,” he added.
“I thought our delivery was tremendous and the timing of our runs was really good. Added to that our bravery to get in where it hurts. Again I have to credit the players.”
Cowley was full of praise for his side, and was impressed that his side adapted to a late change of system due to injuries and absences.
“I thought Harry was brilliant, and he was also brilliant on Tuesday night.
“Losing Akinde and O’Connor overnight meant we had to setup differently and that of course meant Harry starting from the bench, but then to lose Shackell meant changing the plans and the system again. Those that had to step up did an excellent job.”
“Both of their goals came from situations where we didn’t need to give away fouls, in fact we gave away some soft free kicks throughout.
“We’re actually really disappointed that it’s the first time all season that we have conceded two. We work really hard on the defensive aspect of our game and we’re desperate to try and concede less than 40 goals this season.”