Sports: ‘I’d love to see his GPS stats!’ – Dean Walling assesses Lincoln City’s win at Rotherham United

Sports: ‘I’d love to see his GPS stats!’ – Dean Walling assesses Lincoln City’s win at Rotherham United

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Former Lincoln City skipper Dean Walling saw the Imps make it two wins out of two in League One on Saturday. Here’s who and what impressed him about the Imps’ display.

I really liked what I saw of Jack Payne at Rotherham. It was the first time I’ve seen him play. He’s so busy, I’d love to see his GPS stats! He doesn’t given anybody any time on the ball.

And when he’s on the ball, he’s got quality as well. He always looks forward and looks to make a positive pass or positive run. For me, he was one of the standout performers.

Lincoln City's Jack Payne goes in for a tackle with Rotherham United's Clark Robertson
Lincoln City’s Jack Payne goes in for a tackle with Rotherham United’s Clark Robertson
(Image: CameraSport – Chris Vaughan)

And what about Josh Vickers’ save near the end – it reminded me of Gordon Banks’ famous stop against Brazil in 1970!

He didn’t have a great deal to do throughout the 90 minutes, so the fact he was able to make that save shows what a good keeper he is.

The goals came from two set-pieces. That free-kick routine for the first goal, we’ve seen it a few times now. I remember them doing it up at Carlisle the season before last when Matt Green scored.

They take it quickly, block the defender off and get down the side. You can say it was fortunate as Tyler Walker’s cross was turned in by a defender, but the lads will have worked on perfecting that routine on the training pitch.

And it was a great header for the second goal, although there must be question marks over the Rotherham’s marking as Harry Anderson – one of the smallest players on the pitch – managed to get a free header.

But credit to Harry because he arrived late, he arrived quickly and he’s not bad in the air either. If the bigger lads are being surrounded, it gives the smaller lads the chance to attack the ball.

It’s so satisfying when set-piece moves, which you spend hours perfecting on the training ground, come off in a game.

In that regard, there are similarities between Danny Cowley and John Beck, who I played under at City, because they’re so methodical and shrewd in their thinking.

Lincoln City's Harry Anderson scores his side's second goal at Rotherham
Lincoln City’s Harry Anderson scores his side’s second goal at Rotherham
(Image: CameraSport – Chris Vaughan)

Overall, it was a fantastic performance. It wasn’t an outstanding game but we played well and nullified Rotherham, limiting them to shots from outside the box.

We slowed the game down at the right time and took our chances.

It was a good, professional performance away from home, which displayed all the attributes you need in this division.

I was really impressed with the lads at the back. They put their bodies on the line, which is what I like to see.

Danny has got a good squad of players and you can tell the players love him and the coaching staff – because they play for them.

 

While it’s been a great start to the season, I’m sure no-one at the club will get carried away.

But to turn in such a good performance against a team like Rotherham, who were in the Championship last season remember, bodes well.

It was my first visit to Rotherham’s New York Stadium, and I was really impressed.

The ground is about the right size and there was a good atmosphere on Saturday, helped in no small part by the Imps fans, who filled the away end.

It’s a lovely ground with great facilities.

 



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