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Opposition Report: Lincoln City

1 October 2020

Blackpool will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways on Saturday as they welcome high-flying Lincoln City to Bloomfield Road.

Michael Appleton’s side, who have started the season in impressive form after winning their opening three league games, will be a tough test for the Seasiders, who will be looking to build on their victory over Swindon Town at Bloomfield Road last time out.

CJ Hamilton’s double merited Blackpool all three points against the Robins at Bloomfield Road, but their recent defeat against Gillingham at Priestfield saw them slip to 13th in League One, with one win and two defeats so far.

The Visitors

The Imps, who finished top of League Two under Danny Cowley at the end of the 18/19 season, continued to build on their solid foundations on their return to League One in the last campaign. Michael Appleton’s side finished 10 points above the drop zone in 16th and just three points adrift of the Seasiders following an unexpected end to the season.

Since then, Appleton has made 13 additions to a new-look Lincoln squad, adding some talent and experience to their ranks at the LNER Stadium.

Lewis Montsma, Liam Bridcutt and Joe Walsh have all joined the squad this summer. Whilst Alex Palmer, Brennan Johnson and Callum Morton all put pen to paper on loan deals. Tottenham Hotspur defender Timothy Eyoma also re-joined on loan, after impressing in his previous loan spell last season.

The Imps will be full of confidence ahead of their visit to Bloomfield Road after three consecutive victories to kickstart their season. A 2-0 victory over Oxford United saw them start the season strongly, before victories over MK Dons and most recently Charlton Athletic has seen them go joint top of the table with Ipswich Town.

The Manager

Michael Appleton, a former Blackpool manager during the 12/13 campaign, was appointed manager of Lincoln City in September 2019, replacing Danny Cowley who left the Club to join Championship side Huddersfield Town.

Prior to his arrival, the Imps were promoted after finishing 1st in Sky Bet League Two at the end of the 18/19 season. Cowley, who took the managerial reigns in May 2016, led the club to an FA Cup quarter-final for the first time in a decade and back-to-back promotions in two seasons before departing to the Terriers. Appleton managed to steer the visitors away from relegation last season, finishing comfortably above the relegation zone and three points adrift of the Seasiders.

Before joining Lincoln, the 44-year-old was involved in West Bromwich Albion’s academy set up as Under-23 coach, before also having previous managerial spells with Portsmouth, Blackburn Rovers and Oxford United.


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