, 16 goals in three games: Lincoln City’s late play-off charge led by ex-Leeds United man

16 goals in three games: Lincoln City’s late play-off charge led by ex-Leeds United man

Lincoln City looked as though their season was on course to peter out into a respectable mid-table finish, but a remarkable run has them on the brink of the top six.

Lincoln City named Michael Skubala as their new boss in November, bringing him in from Leeds United to replace the departed Mark Kennedy after a lengthy managerial search.

He’d dabbled in senior management before while serving as caretaker boss at Elland Road but the vast majority of his career in the dugout as been in youth football. And in the months following the step up, the 41-year-old hadn’t really found much success.

, 16 goals in three games: Lincoln City’s late play-off charge led by ex-Leeds United man
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The Imps won just twice in his first 14 games at the helm, drawing six and losing six. It had them in a fairly underwhelming position in the League One table, but an upturn in form and an explosion of goals in recent weeks has everyone in the third-tier eyeing Lincoln City as the team to avoid.

Bursting into life

That run of two wins in 14 games saw three consecutive draws at the end, coming against Wycombe Wanderers, Derby County and Peterborough. That has bled into the impressive 13-game unbeaten run they currently find themselves on, with eight wins in the last 10 League One games.

While the unbeaten streak was impressive, the last three games have struck fear into fellow play-off contenders.

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, 16 goals in three games: Lincoln City’s late play-off charge led by ex-Leeds United man

Who is this?

Lincoln City thrashed top two hopefuls Barnsley on March 9th and followed that up with a rampant 6-0 home win over Garry Monk’s Cambridge United. A second straight game at Sincil Bank ended in similar fashion with Bristol Rovers on the end of a 5-0 thrashing this time around.

It makes it 16 goals in three games for Skubala’s Imps and now, the division’s in-form team are just two points off the play-offs with seven games to go.

The Lincoln City team has come a long way from the one that Skubala took over and after an underwhelming start, the former Leeds United coach has shown why he was highly-regarded at Elland Road.

, 16 goals in three games: Lincoln City’s late play-off charge led by ex-Leeds United man
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The Imps are playing some scintillating attacking football six clean sheets in the last seven games has them keeping all opponents out too.

Skubala and the Imps are gaining momentum at the perfect time and on this trajectory, their remarkable rise to play-off contention could end in a historic promotion to the Championship.

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