COWLEY RELIEVED AS IMPS HANG ON
DANNY Cowley was relieved to see his Lincoln side pick up three points after the Imps made hard work of overcoming struggling Chesterfield.
A deflected Michael Bostwick strike and an Andy Kellett own goal condemned the Spireites to a fifth consecutive league defeat, though Kristian Dennis’s penalty made a game of it late on.
“No games are going to be easy for us at this level,” said Cowley. “If we had come away with a 2-0 victory we’d all be saying what a professional performance it was. But we gave away a penalty needlessly and off the back of that we’re always going to have a nervy last few moments.
“It was a dangerous time to play Chesterfield because they were buoyed by their win at Rotherham in the week. Added to that, Jack Lester is going to be a good manager and with him coming in it was always going to give their lads a lift and allow them to find that extra little bit of energy.
“We just needed a third goal to kill the game off, but we hit the bar and had a couple cleared off the line, so as I said, nothing will come easy for us in this division and we’ll have to fight for everything – as we did today.”
For all their dominance, the Imps were perhaps fortunate to go ahead on 17 minutes. Chesterfield failed to deal with a Sam Habergham throw and the ball fell to Bostwick, whose 20-yard strike took a huge deflection off Bradley Barry and nestled in the corner of ex-Imp Joe Anyon’s net. Eight minutes later it was two, and again it was a Spireite who left Anyon with no chance. Harry Anderson played a neat one-two with Matt Green before skipping away down the left. His low leftwing cross was then powered into his own net by Kellett, with Jordan Maguire-Drew lurking dangerously at the back post.
Lincoln had Josh Vickers to thank on 39 minutes for preventing a way back into the game for the visitors when he brilliantly kept out a Jordan Flores free-kick which was bound for the top left corner.
The visitors were awarded a penalty against the run of play eight minutes from time when Anderson brought down Barry in the area. Substitute Dennis fired home his sixth goal of the season sending Vickers the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick, but Lincoln held on for the victory.
Chesterfield boss Jack Lester was left frustrated his side couldn’t build on the win in midweek.
“The performance wasn’t as good as Tuesday – there were too many individual errors. We didn’t look after the football as well and we didn’t tackle as well as we should have done,” he said.
“There were little details that simply weren’t there today, but I felt after we got one back we might just nick something, and whilst that perhaps wouldn’t have been deserved, the penalty certainly gave us a chance.”
MOB MATCH: Harry Anderson, centre, celebrates with team-mates after Lincoln’s second