Lincoln City fell three points behind the leaders in League One last night after a 3-1 defeat against promotion hopefuls Portsmouth.
Pompey opened the scoring early through John Marquis, with the same player adding a second immediately after the restart to kill off the game. Ronan Curtis made it 3-0 as Portsmouth threatened to run riot, which led to Michael Appleton making a change.
Off came Leeds united loanee Robbie Gotts, making his first appearance for the Imps. he started the game at right-back after an injury to Lewis Montsma forced a change for the home side. he was replaced by Harry Anderson and Lincoln valiantly fought back afterwards, taking the game to 3-1 courtesy of Tom Hopper’s header from Anderson’s cross.
Following the game, Appleton confirmed he felt Gotts had a decent first half, but was targeted in the second.
“I thought Robbie did well in the first half, I thought he was good,” he told Lincolnshire Live.
“They targeted him a little in the second half and were putting diagonal balls on him. That’s why we made the change. It got difficult for him in that second half, but he’s going to be fine for us.
“He’s a midfield player as well as a full-back. He’s got lots of energy and I’m sure we’ll see more and more of him, and the better side of him, going forward.”
Gotts joined the Imps on a season-long loan as deadline day closed in back in October, but has had to be patient and wait for a start. Lincoln were surprise early leaders of the League One table, but back-to-back defeats have left them playing catch up to Peterborough United.
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Gotts had a torrid debut for The Imps, but the other ten players on the field struggle against a rampant and attractive Portsmouth side.
He’s more comfortable in midfield than at right-back but was forced into the role by injuries to Lewis Montsma and Joe Walsh. The Imps also have Max Melbourne, Callum Morton and Liam Bridcutt out of action, meaning Gotts is likely to get more game time.
He seems to have enough character to shrug off his difficult encounter last night and prove himself in red and white.