Green light was too late
JOHN Askey was given the go-ahead to add to his threadbare squad – but it came too late to make the difference at Sincil Bank.
The Macc manager had been crying out for reinforcements – in attack to offer a different striking option and at the back to cover for injuries and what was the seeminglyinevitable return of Luke Waterfall to parent club Scunthorpe.
Waterfall’s knee problem gave supporters a glimpse of the potential defensive void at Lincoln, with lapses at the back resulting in a 2-0 defeat to former boss Gary Simpson’s side.
And Askey revealed that he was only allowed to dip into the market the previous afternoon.
“I’ve been banging on about it for two weeks that we needed some help and obviously with Luke and Will (Haining) being out today that’s shown up.
“I can’t fault the players we’ve got for their efforts we just need more help.
“I’ve been saying that for a while, that hasn’t changed, and coming to a place like Lincoln you need big, strong lads.
“Without those two we weren’t able to nullify what they’ve got.
“For their first goal, I was disappointed with our defending of the second ball, the talking and organising was missing – and again, that’s where we miss key players.”
The boss is also shouldering some blame for the defeat, conceding that switching Andy Halls – whose outings at right-back have led to an England C call-up – to the centre of defence was an error.
“We all know Andy has been great this season and we asked him to play centre-half and that was the wrong decision,” he admitted. “He could have just headed the ball clear (at Ben Tomlinson’s second) but he’s decided to head it back to Rhys and not made a clear contact.
“It was a poor mistake but again we don’t have the personnel to cope with injuries.
“I’ve been told – at about half past 12 on Friday – that I can do something. It was a little bit too late for this game but we’ll be looking to get something sorted and bring a couple of players in.
“We haven’t got a very big squad and we’ve a couple of young lads on the bench, so we’re after some experience.
“I’ve got a few players in mind, it’s just whether we can get them in.”
And ahead of the return of the Altrincham derby on Tuesday evening, Askey was again set to do battle without two of his more expereinced men.
“Danny Whitaker had a scan last Wednesday and that showed it’s just wear and tear over the years, he’s got a compressed disc in his back so we hope with a bit more rest he can get back training.
“His recovery will be a longer process than Will, who tore his calf – we’re looking at next Saturday for him, probably.
“He’s quite tough, an old-fashioned type of player.”