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LINCOLN PREVIEW

5 October 2012

PRE-MATCH THOUGHTS

Town boss Paul Buckle - “Without giving the team away, you look for consistency in individuals and in the team, and I think certainly the last game we’re very pleased with the second half performance. I’m delighted with all of the players and there’s big competition for places at the moment. We will need to show our fighting qualities to get a result, they're a tough side. They will be looking to win the match and it will be a tough game.”

Imps boss David Holdsworth - “You want to play against the best teams, this month was always going to be a very difficult month against four of the major teams in the league, and I look forward to games like that.”

TEAM NEWS

Hatters: Paul Buckle this week extended Connor Essam's stay at Kenilworth Road as he competes with new signing Simon Ainge and recently rested Janos Kovacs to start on Saturday. Dean Beckwith is also nearing a return and could be in contention for the trip also. Danny Spiller has begun light training as he looks to get his Hatters career off and running but will not feature. James Dance and Garry Richards both are still unavailable through injury.

Lincoln City: David Holdsworth meanwhile has his own injury issues to contend with, former Stevenage full-back Jon Nutter out with a hamstring injury whilst Rob Duffy and Alan Power both miss out due to ankle injuries.

IN FOCUS

LINCOLN CITY

Ground: Sincil Bank
Manager: David Holdsworth
Last season: 17th
Nickname: The Imps
Top goalscorer: Nicky Nicolau & Jamie Taylor (Both on 3 goals)
Hatters Link: Current Hatter Janos Kovacs spent two seasons at Sincil Bank making over 50 appearances.

THE LAST TIME
The last time these two sides met was back in December 2011 when Danny Crow scored for the Hatters to secure a point at Sincil Bank.

HEAD2HEAD

In 17 meetings at Sincil Bank the Hatters have come away victorious five times, once more than their opponents, with eight of those clashes ending with the points being shared.

Total head-to-head record: 

Town Wins: 17
City Wins: 6
Draws: 11
Goal Difference: +20 (Luton)

LIVE & ONLINE

Hatters Player will have live audio commentary from Sincil Bank. Live text commentary is available through Facebook and Twitter whilst your official website will have a report, photographs and post-match reaction after the game.


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