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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 May, 2003, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Imps boss hails Yeo
Simon Yeo gave Lincoln a two-goal lead to take to the second leg
Yeo's two goals are the difference going into the second leg
Lincoln manager Keith Alexander hailed super sub Simon Yeo after his brace earned the Imps a dramatic 5-3 win in their Third Division play-off semi-final first leg against Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws, though, insisted his side can still qualify for the final at the Millennium Stadium.

Imps boss Alexander could not resist a dig at Laws, who earlier in the season had branded Lincoln a basic, long-ball team.

After Yeo's remarkable cameo appearance, which brought him two goals in the last eight minutes, Alexander said: "Apparently Lincoln are a long ball team that can't play football, can they? There were one or two clever people in the other camp.

We've got to defend better with set pieces in the next leg
Imps boss Keith Alexander

"Now we can look forward to the next game with a lead. We needed to get a result and I am pleased to go to Glanford Park with any sort of lead.

"We made it hard for ourselves and we gave away some sloppy goals which was disappointing.

"We've got to defend better with set pieces in the next leg but I can have absolutely no complaints."

Alexander saw his team squander a 3-1 lead until the introduction of Yeo, who scored the equalising goal at Torquay which sealed Lincoln's play-off place.

Scunthrope boss Brian Laws
Laws remains confident for the second leg

The Lincoln boss said: "It was always a difficult decision whether to start him or leave him on the bench, but we wanted to keep it reasonably tight.

"Simon came on, scored his goals and everyone is absolutely delighted for him."

Despite Yeo's late intervention which put Lincoln in the driving seat, Scunthorpe boss Laws remained confident his side can book a date at Cardiff.

We know we have the ability to score goals and we will try to do so
Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws

Laws said: "I'm obviously disappointed but we can still do it.

"I was a little bit disappointed with the goals we conceded but I don't think we had the luck.

" It was a hard physical game and we could have done with the rub of the green - but there was no green there to have.

"We know we have the ability to score goals and we will try to do so on Wednesday.

"It will be an interesting game. Do Lincoln sit back or try to attack us? It will be difficult to decide what they do but we'll have to wait and see."




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