Danny Cowley Lincoln City EFL League Two Exclusive

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has underlined his squad’s adaptability as a key reason for their continued success this season.

The Imps secured an impressive win at play-off chasing Forest Green last weekend to cement their place as league leaders. And with the end of the season drawing closer, Cowley knows that they must always be learning new ways to win games.

Cowley on his IMPressive squad

The comeback performance from Lincoln was just their second win in their last seven games. However, the result also means that they are now unbeaten in 12 straight league matches. Which is the kind of consistency that shows why Cowley’s side have been top for so long.

And Danny has given credit to his players for the incredible season that they are having. Insisting on the importance of the different options available to him and the qualities that those options bring.

He said:

“For us, one of the reasons that we’ve had success this year is that we’ve got different weapons in the group. And we’ve got players that are able to adapt and apply different styles that we use.”

“What we’ve got to try to do is select the right style and the right personnel for each game.”

On his choices for wide players, Cowley said:

“Dan (Rowe) can play off of either side, he can play seven, 11 or 10. And that gives us real flexibility. It was great to have Harry Anderson back available, he put in a real shift for the team.”

“And we’ve got Bruno who’s in fine form as well, and Jordan Roberts. So real competition for places. But I think if you look at all the top teams in this division, they’ll be in a very similar place.”

The Imps have had a total of 19 different goalscorers in all competitions this season. Showcasing just how versatile their squad really is, with goals being able to come from all over the pitch.

Cowley on Yeovil

Lincoln are going out of the norm this week. As they welcome Yeovil Town to Sincil Bank for a Friday night game, as opposed to the usual Saturday kick-off.

This gives them the opportunity to go five points clear at the top before their promotion rivals get a chance to play. But it will be no easy task, as Yeovil have won their last two games. And another positive result at Lincoln could be crucial in their fight for survival.

On Friday’s game, Cowley said:

“For us, it will always be about trying to get the process right. We’re very respectful, as Yeovil are very different to Forest Green. They carry a real counter-attack threat.”

“They had a really good start to the season, they won 4-0 at Notts County and 6-0 at Newport. And it was probably after that game that they picked up some key injuries to key players. Then their form has been a bit disrupted as a consequence.”

“But just recently they’ve got them back on the pitch, and it’s been no surprise that their results have picked up. So we’re very respectful of Yeovil, they’re a team who’ve got physical players themselves in defensive areas.”

“They’ll be preparing for what is a very important game in their season, as well as ours.”

Lincoln will be boosted by the potential return of versatile attacker Danny Rowe. Who managed to bag a brace when these sides met back in January.

Cowley on a well-timed birth

One player who might not be available against Yeovil is midfielder Michael O’Connor, after the birth of his child.

The veteran Imp and his wife Sharon welcomed the arrival of their daughter Meabh Roise O’Connor on Wednesday.

And Danny Cowley spoke about how much the birth has been in their minds over the last couple of weeks. But he is happy to know that both mother and child are healthy.

On the ordeal, he said:

“We’re hoping so (O’Connor being available). We’re really pleased obviously, It’s been ongoing for quite a while. I think it was still relatively premature by a week or so. But she’s had her previous three early so she was anticipating it.”

“We’ve been anticipating it for the last two or three weeks. We took a car up to Morecambe and to Forest Green. And credit to Michael as he still travelled in both of those games.”

“I did ask if she could have it maybe Monday or Tuesday this week because that would be ideal for our schedule. And she duly obliged, so we thank her for that.”

If O’Connor can play, then he can continue his partnership in the middle with Mark O’Hara that Cowley has trusted in of late.