Kennedy calls upon '12th man' to help Lincoln beat West Ham

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 27th September 2023

Lincoln boss Mark Kennedy has charged his team's supporters with providing an electric atmosphere when West Ham provide the latest opponents at the LNER Stadium.

The League One side host David Moyes' Hammers in the third round of the Carabao Cup hoping to provide a major upset. And Kennedy believes a full Sincil Bank can help play a major role in making that happen.

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"At the end of the day, they’re an outstanding team," said Kennedy, speaking to the media ahead of tonight's meeting. "They're a very, very good Premier League side with David Moyes as their manager.

“They’ve got a huge history, and we’re going to have a full house - so hopefully it’ll be a great night for all involved.

“It’s really pleasing for us that we’ve got a home tie. We’ve got an incredible crowd, and it’ll be absolutely rocking like it always is. The impact the crowd play, and the effect they have on the game is magic, so it should be a really buoyant night."

Meanwhile Imps skipper Paudie O’Connor believes he and his team mates have "nothing to fear" from the Hammers, who feature two tiers above the Midlanders in the football pyramid.

"We’ve gone to places like Bristol City, Sheffield United, and Southampton and given a very good account of ourselves so there’s no reason why we can’t do the same on Wednesday," he said. “It’s probably a bit of a step up, but we know we’ve got quality in the building and when we do have chances presented to us, we can take them."

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And like Kennedy, O’Connor has called upon the Linccoln fans to be their '12th man'.

"The crowd is the part that I’m looking forward to the most," he added. "Under the lights in a big cup game, when all the pressure is on the opposition - it’s going to be a good occasion and one we’re all looking forward to."

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