Steve gives us his post match reaction from Sincil Bank following defeat.
"They have to learn from this and I know I will have to select a team to cope with the opposition. I know this group are more than capable of going to Stevenage next week and getting a good result but they will know after this that they will have to on it from the start. We have conceded in the first minute and then conceded another one ten minutes later and we have got to avoid doing that this season and remain in games. It is all preparation for the coming season and I'm sure the players would have learned a lot from it because the quality from us wasn't good enough."
"We didn't cope with their physical approach and today I wanted to sit back and see how they coped with it. If it had been a league game then I would have changed it much earlier and probably would have started with a different team. We got caught out in the first half but we competed and battled better in the second half. It was a baptism of fire for some of the younger ones and will be a learning curve for them.
Following the pre-season defeat, Steve told the club's official web-site: "It was a good game for us in the respect of what we can face this season and the players were not ready for it. They thought they would come here and play their football and they have faced a physical team who were on it from the start. They were physical, competitive and were a handful, especially with the big lad up front. If I had known more about Lincoln then I have would probably started with a bigger team and that is the way we might have to go at times. We had to go big in the back four second half. We didn't concede and competed better but we didn't much football either.
Steve Davis has told the club's official web-site that his players can expect more games like this one in League Two this season and that they will have to stand up and be counted when it comes to competing. Crewe were out fought by a Lincoln City side who always looked a threat when they loaded our penalty area. Crewe were undone by two set-plays to find ourselves 3-0 down at the break and chasing the game.