Sean Brown says...
Besides the obvious Mr Neil?
Young Ellis Taylor looks good, has clever movement and good pace - it feels like he’s going to do something mad at some point and show people just how talented he is.
Sohna looked impressive at times considering who he was up against; it was only the second time I’ve seen him outside the U23s, so it’s a bit early to judge, but he’s about a year away from the regular first team.
Kenton Richardson wasn’t as dynamic as he was the first time I saw him, but again, the lad has talent and pace.
Oliver Younger had a great game, and is still developing and still making mistakes, but was strong when it counted - I’m still not sure how much of the consolation goal that Lincoln scored was on him.
Will Harris was decent, but probably needs more minutes against senior sides - another year again and he’ll be sweet. Stephen Wearne showed great movement again, and has a poacher’s instinct from the looks of it - I’m chuffed for him for his debut goal, but probably need to see more of him in the future.
Dan Neil will get a lot of the plaudits, and rightly so because he was excellent, but there were several other players that gave a good account of themselves against Lincoln City too.
The one that I feel deserves special mention is Ollie Younger, who read the game well, was strong and made several well-timed, confident interventions.
There have been a couple of first-team games before now where he has been asked to fill in at full-back, and whilst that is not his natural position, he did a job for the team. That is hard enough if you are an established player, never mind a relatively inexperienced youngster, and because of that, he has deserved a chance to show what he can do in the middle of defence, and certainly did himself no harm at all.
We’ve got a few options at centre back already, so he will have a job on to force his way into a regular spot, but we’ve got another EFL Trophy game coming up next week, and it would be great to see him put in another assured performance and take things from there.
Joseph Tulip says...
For Dan Neil to captain the side at 19 years of age, and to lead by example with a man of the match performance, and a great goal to boot, was very encouraging.
Lee Johnson spoke highly of his side, which he described as half senior team half U23, and the way they went about defeating a strong Lincoln side on their own park really demonstrates the faith and confidence he has in his young charges.
Even a goal for Stephen Wearne won’t force him into the first choice XI but the likes of him, Will Harris, Harrison Sohna, Ollie Younger and Kenton Richardson will be looking for further opportunities to build on their impressive performances with more cup game minutes, and if injuries and suspensions dictate, Johnson will have faith in them to step in when required.
Some will no doubt force the manager’s hand at some point down the line.