Date: 29th January 2009 at 8:11pm
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Mark Wright issued some rare praise for his captain Paul Linwood after his performance against Lincoln last weeken.

Linwood put in a brave display at the back, especially in the second half when City came under constant threat from Lincoln’s all-out-attack play.

Himself a centre-half as a player, Wright is reluctant to give out praise to defenders but the former England man was pleased to admit his delight at Linwood’s performance.

‘I thought Paul Linwood produced a really good performance at Lincoln and I’ve singled him out because of late I don’t think he’s been doing as much as he should for Paul Linwood,’ Wright told the Chester Standard.

‘He received a big pat on the back from me at Lincoln because that’s the way he should play. He cleared his lines, he did all the right things. He went and headed balls against big opponents, even if the ball was up there he left his own marker to go and win the ball.

‘That was a true centre half performance and I was very impressed. I haven’t given him a lot of praise because I’m critical of centre halves, but I think he did well.

Wright was also full of praise for Linwood’s defensive partner Kevin Roberts who dealt with Geoff Horsfield despite being dwarfed in size.

‘And young Kevin Roberts is only little, but he wrestled with Geoff Horsfield throughout the match at Lincoln,’ he added.