Monday, 24 January 2011

Macclesfield 0-2 Lincoln City

Lincoln City have started their League Two campaign under new manager Edward Harrison with a convincing win away at Macclesfield Town.

Both goals came from set pieces with the two on-loan centre backs Ben Tozer and Paul Downing nodding in from close range. Macclesfield were frustrated in front of goal and saw many shots saved by keeper Joe Anyon, but did come close to pulling a goal back when a long range effort hit the cross bar and went out.

Ben Tozer - following his loan move from Newcastle in the summer, centre back Ben Tozer put in a man of the match performance in the game against Macclesfield.

Tozer received a match rating of 8.5 for his role in the 2-0 win over Macclesfield and his early headed goal helped cap off an impressive display.

The 20 year old looks like a promising prospect for the future and with key attributes in all the right areas (heading, marking, tackling, positioning, jumping and strength), he looks like someone to hold onto.

During his post-match interview, Lincoln manager Edward Harrison rated Ben's performance as outstanding, which should give a little boost to the defenders confidence ahead of the next game.

Should Tozer continue to impress, I'd like to extend his initial 3 month deal until the end of the season.

Darren Currie - a special mention goes out to veteran winger Darren Currie who had an impressive league debut for Lincoln City. The 35 year old signed for Lincoln from Dagenham and Redbridge in the summer for around £2.5k and following an encouraging pre-season, scoring once, took up position on the left wing. He looked comfortable out there receiving two assists for the pinpoint balls he put into the box for the young centre backs to head home.

The Lincoln fans were delighted with his performance and hope Lincoln's very own 'golden balls' will continue to provide for our players in the box.

Despite his age and lack of pace, the skillful winger has all the technical attributes needed to perform well as part of a team. His key attributes include flair, technique, composure, creativity, passing, first touch, crossing and corners.

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