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Rejuvenated Atanagana earns boss praise

12 February 2018

Manager Gary Johnson has praised the performance of rejuvenated midfielder Nigel Atangana - after he climbed off the bench to ensure three points against Port Vale.

The Frenchman had what Johnson described as his best half hour in red and white as he patrolled the middle of the park in menacing fashion.

And the gaffer now believes fans could see the best of Atangana as he puts injury woes behind him.

"He looked sharp, he looked strong," said Johnson. "He looked agile and he had one header when he rose like a gazelle.

"I know there has been some publicity about putting him in the team and why is he not playing.

"He had a pretty big injury and he still thinks about it a lot. But he has had a good rest and it looks like that has paid dividends. But whether he gets in the team is another thing.

"That was his best half hour performance. He has had to pick up our game and how we play. He wasn't doing that at the start and he was getting caught.

"He has worked hard on what I am asking him to do. You coincide that with his freshness and fitness and he will certainly be involved at some stage at Lincoln.

"He is a confidence player," added Johnson. "He is a great lad, but we were all frustrated when he was out injured. When he was ready to come back he broke down again.

"Hopefully that is all behind him now and we want him to do well because he is a good player.”

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