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19th September 2003 
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Lincoln City
At Aggborough
Saturday
20/9/03 3:00pm
Friday, and it's another new signing?  We've had three new players on three consecutive Fridays now and all of them in midfield.  We were thinking that we were overdue a striker and Brit brings one in.

Mikael Antoine-Curier Mikael Antoine-Curier has joined the club on non-contract terms after being released from Division 2 side, Oldham, earlier today.  He has also seen service with Preston, Forest and Brentford during his short career and he's still only 20 yrs old.

We have kind of come up against him before in the Worthington Cup game against Forest just over a year ago.  Click here.  He was on the bench but didn't play though.

After Tuesday evenings debacle against Scunthorpe the feelings of the fans seem to be at it's lowest.  Some have even gone to the extent of calling for Ian Brittons head on a plate.

Sacking Brit is not the answer, yet.  I'm not saying he will be facing the sack but he must be given a fair chance of putting in place the kind of team he wants.

As shown by the signing today the players are available, after all there are quite a few on the dole after the repercussions of the ITV Digital episode, but it's the old problem of getting them to come to Aggborough on our terms and not the kind of terms that David Beckham would be looking for.

Lincoln are having the same kind of problems as us.  Last season they managed to get into the play-offs that we just missed out on and this season, like us, they're struggling to get a good enough run together to allow them to climb the table.

They too have to get their players out of the bargain bins and they have got quite a few of theirs from non league.  They have paid upfront this week and signed a striker, Francis Green from Peterborough, for an initial fee of 25,000.  This will rise depending on appearances etc.

They won their first away game at Southend on the night of the sprinkler.  2-0 with goals from loanee Marcus Richardson and Richard Butcher.

They also have one of the best defensive records in the League.  They've kept a clean sheet in their last four games but that will end tomorrow.


Although we lost on Tuesday we saw a better display in midfield than we saw at Macclesfield last weekend.  This is down to the new faces getting to know each other a bit more.

We also saw a much better performance from WBA loanee, Lloyd Dyer.  I was beginning to think that he would never be able to take a player on and get past him.  He did it time and time again against Scunthorpe, all he needed was someone to get on the end of his crosses.

That's Bish and Bo's job, they're a bit out of luck at the moment but with a new colleague upfront that'll soon change.  Believe me.

Teams

Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Coleman, Willis, Ayres, Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Heath, Bennett, Murray, Betts, Dyer, Ward, Antoine-Curier, Shilton, Henriksen, J Williams, Bishop, Betts.

Lincoln from:
Horrigan, Marriott, Davies, Morgan, Weaver, Bailey, Coulson, Wattley, Camm, Futcher, Mayo, Butcher, Gain, Sedgemore, Willis, Cornelly, Liburd, P Smith, Cropper, Bloomer, Fletcher, Kerley, Richardson, Pearce, Remy, Green, Yeo, McNamara, May
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