Luke Hannant expects tough task against Lincoln City

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Port Vale midfielder Luke Hannant has highlighted Lincoln City’s physical threat as the main issue for Saturday’s League Two match at Vale Park.

Having experienced non-league beforehand, the 24-year old is aware of the danger The Imps carry after they defeated League One’s Shrewsbury Town in the Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday.

In particular, the former Gateshead midfielder has named Lincoln striker, Matt Rhead as the target man with the Stoke-on-Trent born forward scoring seven goals this season.

Hannant said: “From playing against them before, they pose a real physical threat.

“They do play out sometimes, but the main threat is the big lad upfront – (Matt) Rhead from set-pieces and throw-ins.

“But, if we can minimise the free-kicks we should be alright.”

The Imps currently sit fourth in the table and can look forward to a promotion push over the next couple of weeks. In addition, more than 22,000 supporters attended Wembley Stadium on Sunday to witness the club winning its first major trophy.

Despite their latest achievements and shock story for English football, Hannant says he is not surprised by Danny Cowley’s progress.

“I’m really not surprised,” said Hannant.

“I played against them last year and they did the exact same thing they have done for this season. They have been consistent in what they do and very good at it.

“Their Wembley win on Saturday showed a lot of people that they aren’t just a long ball team, they do try to play out.

“But, they have a good managerial staff behind them so they will cause us problems.”

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