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PREVIEW | Lincoln City vs Rovers

29 January 2021

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Rovers are looking to make it four straight wins in Sky Bet League One when they travel to table toppers Lincoln City this weekend.

Darren Moore’s side comfortably beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium in their last outing, with goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Taylor Richards sealing the win.

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Lincoln’s recent form 

The Imps haven’t tasted defeat in any of their past six matches, stretching back to a 4-0 victory at Northampton Town in December. They followed that up with a 5-1 hammering of Burton Albion on Boxing Day, before opening their account in 2021 with a 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon. 

They battled to a 1-1 draw with fellow promotion chasers Peterborough United at the LNER Stadium, but got back to winning ways by securing a league double over Northampton on January 23. Their last outing saw them secure a crucial three points with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth on Tuesday night. 

 

The man in charge 

Former Oxford manager Michael Appleton was named as Lincoln boss after the departure of Danny Cowley to Huddersfield in September 2019.   

Now well into his first full season with the club, Appleton has taken charge of 62 Lincoln fixtures, winning 30, drawing 11 and losing 21, giving him an overall win percentage of 48.4%. 

 

Ones to watch 

Jorge Grant  

The creative midfielder made his professional debut for Nottingham Forest in 2014 and scored his first goal for the club against Spurs in a League Cup tie in the 2014/15 campaign.   

He has since spent time on loan with the likes of Notts County, Luton Town and Mansfield Town, before joining the Imps on a permanent deal in the summer of 2019. 

Brennan Johnson 

The son of former Nottingham Forest striker David, Johnson came through the ranks at the City Ground and made his professional debut as a late substitute against West Brom in the Sky Bet Championship last season. 

His first loan spell came about in the summer when he joined Lincoln for the season, and has already made a name for himself with the Imps, with seven goals so far in all competitions. 

Tom Hopper   

Hopper joined Lincoln in January on a three-and-a-half-year contract from Southend United. Born in Lincolnshire, he started his career at Boston United and made his debut aged just 15.   

After his breakthrough there he was snapped up by Leicester City, and featured in cup competitions before heading out on loan to Bury and Scunthorpe United. He made his move to the Iron a permanent one in 2015 and scored 23 times for them before joining Southend United in 2018. He scored 10 goals in 30 appearances prior to his move to the LNER Stadium.  

 

Last time out 

Ben Whiteman’s goal just before half-time secured all three points for Rovers when the two sides last met at the Keepmoat Stadium in October. 

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