Oh well. Better to lose when promotion is already guaranteed. We move on to Monday to seal it in front of a packed house at Sincil Bank.
Having predicted promotion after the Cheltenham game and the title after the Tranmere one I'm still very chilled
Always going to get beat at some point. Re group and two days rest and recovery. Full house Monday. What a game that’s going to be. Tranny still in the automatic race so it’s going to be another full on fixture. Fully expect to clinch the title ?
Well it is difficult with 10 against 12, because that's what it was. How can that referee be a Championship ref? He was so fussy and card-happy but did nothing to let the game flow. The Carlisle players were pulling Imps all over the pitch and the ref gave nothing and as for the slide through in our penalty area late on, and the late challenge that put Harry on the shale - disgraceful. Is this a case of a ref once again having pre-conceived ideas about the Imps being physical, etc? Wouldn't suprise me in the least. Oh well, regroup for Monday. We really didn't deserve to lose that.
Referee was fussy but didn't get any big calls wrong. Shackell was stupid. First tackle was reckless, second booking was brainless. Players worked themselves into the ground, literally in many cases. Quality was lacking even with eleven. Plenty to be proud of, plenty to work on.
The ref was just very inconsistent and didn't really give Harry Anderson any protection.
I thought we actually did very well and worked extremely hard. Carlisle deserved the win but probably only because they were against 10 men. They looked a decent team but you can see why they're not higher, their finishing was dreadful. Thought thier number 21 was a cracking player, broke play up really well. We just struggled to keep the ball and gave it away far too easily. Still very proud of them though. No doubt Shackell is a fantastic defender but his second yellow was beyond foolish.
Only real concern is the state of the players going in to Monday. They all looked knackered and both Bruno and Anderson are likely injured.
Unbelievably I've only see Lincoln win twice in 2019 and I've see 4 of the 5 loses this year! So it's likely we'll win the league at Newport as that's the only one I'm not going to.