Irons midfielder’s fingers crossed for Lincoln chance



Conor Coventry is hoping he gets a chance to impress during tonight’s game against Lincoln City in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The midfielder has again been without first team minutes this season and is particularly keen to get a chance at the club where he gained his first experience of senior football.

Conor is out of contract at the end of the season and looks set to leave the club but an opportunity against the Imps would be a real bonus for the player.

He played seven times for the team on a loan spell during 2020  before later moving on to spells with  Peterborough and Milton Keynes Dons.

He then got chances when appearing during the UEFA Europa Conference League title last season and also made a further 16 on loan at Rotherham United.

He may well get a chance this evening and a big clue is that he is featured in an interview on which often suggests an appearance is in the offing.

Commenting he said: “It was a great experience for me at Lincoln, It was my first loan, my first experience of real first team football.

“I wasn’t there too long because of COVID, but I really enjoyed it. It’s a good club with a really good following and fanbase, with good people there who made me feel welcome and helped me out.

“I was just sort of adapting and had put a run of games together, so I sort of felt like I was finding my way and was hoping to kick on there until the end of the season, so it was a little bit frustrating that COVID cut it short, but I learned a lot there about myself in general.

“It was my first taste of league games and playing in front of fans, so looking back I took a lot from it.

“I know a few of the boys there and they have some really talented players. I know the way they want to play is in a good style and it will be a tough game. They’ve had a good start to the season so it should be a good test.”

“Hopefully I can get some minutes. I’m hoping to play and we’ll see what happens. Our schedule until the next international break is jam packed with games every few days so we know everybody is going to be needed.

“I know with the way the boys have been training everyone will be ready as well and hopefully everyone gets a chance.

“The experience we all had together and with the fans in Prague has made everyone hungrier. You can see it in the way we’ve started as well, everyone has a positive momentum and we’re looking to carry it on, push on and try to get another trophy somewhere.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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