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Lincoln CityLincoln City2BraintreeBraintree Town0

Lincoln City 2-0 Braintree Town

Goals from Tom Miller and Thierry Audel gave Lincoln victory over Braintree, despite Kris Bright being sent off.

Miller, who was returning to the side following suspension, headed home Shaun Newton's corner from six yards.

Audel added a second 10 minutes later after keeper Nick Hamman failed to deal with another cross.

Bright saw red for an off-the-ball incident with Matt Paine in just his second game for the club, but the Imps held on for victory.

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"It was not pretty but we knew it wasn't going to be. People were shouting from the stands for us to get it on the floor but we can't because the pitch is so bobbly.

"We've come unstuck with teams putting balls in behind us so we changed things today and went with three centre-halves and in the second half Nick [Townsend] hasn't had a shot to save.

"We wanted to keep a clean sheet if we could and we always thought we had enough firepower to get a goal so it wasn't pretty but it was effective.

"I said at half-time that set-pieces would decide the game and we had two and scored two goals. It's significant because your first target is to get to 50 points and then you should be OK, so now we have to keep going and see how many more we can pick up."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 30Townsend
  • 3NewtonBooked at 31mins
  • 23Brown
  • 2Miller
  • 5Audel
  • 4Jordan
  • 26Adams
  • 8Power
  • 12SheridanSubstituted forDixonat 90'minutes
  • 18BrightBooked at 80mins
  • 11Tomlinson

Substitutes

  • 15Gray
  • 17Dixon
  • 9Rowe
  • 19Nolan
  • 31Preece

Braintree

  • 20Hamann
  • 19Wells
  • 3HaberghamBooked at 34minsSubstituted forSparkesat 82'minutes
  • 5Paine
  • 15Massey
  • 4IsaacSubstituted forHolmanat 74'minutes
  • 23Laurent
  • 26Mulley
  • 2Peters
  • 9Marks
  • 27JakubiakSubstituted forMensahat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Mensah
  • 1McDonald
  • 11Sparkes
  • 12Daley
  • 10Holman
Referee:
Amy Fearn
Attendance:
2,002

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Bohan Dixon replaces Jake Sheridan.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

  8. Post update

    Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Daniel Sparkes replaces Sam Habergham.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  12. Dismissal

    Kris Bright (Lincoln City) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kris Bright (Lincoln City).

  14. Post update

    Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Bernard Mensah replaces Alex Jakubiak.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Holman replaces Chez Isaac.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0. Thierry Audel (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Newton with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City.