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Adebayo-Smith & Sartorius post Blackburn thoughts

By Derek Priestley

Lincoln City Academy stars Jordan Adebayo-Smith and Elliott Sartorius were given the chance to be a part of Danny Cowley’s match day squad.

Charlie Russell caught up with the duo following last Tuesday's second round Carabao Cup clash at Blackburn Rovers.

The two youth team players arrived at Sincil Bank in the summer following impressive trials with the club.

Adebayo-Smith had previously spent time with Watford’s academy whilst Sartorius had also featured in a Premier League club’s youth setup having been signed on at West Ham.

The pair explained how the first team environment was a big step up for them but also a good lesson in their development as footballers.

Adebayo-Smith said: “It was a good experience to be involved in the first team environment because I haven’t been used to that, so it was new to me and I enjoyed it so hopefully I will get more chances to be in the first team in the future.”

“I want to work hard so hopefully that will mean I will get a professional contract and hopefully break into the first team.”

Sartorius was back at a previous home of his, having played for the Academy at Blackburn Rovers.

“It was a great experience because I have been involved with the first team training a lot recently but being properly part of the match day squad was amazing,” he said.

“The feeling of being in front of thousands of fans is different because you have eyes on you all the time but at the time you don’t think about that.”

“When you go off the pitch you realise where you are and it’s a weird feeling. I tried to block out being nervous because I didn’t want it to have an effect on the way I was going to play.”

Despite the Imps losing 4-1 to a very strong Rovers side at Ewood Park, Adebayo-Smith discussed how manager Danny Cowley had spoken to the pair prior to Tuesday night’s game: “Danny spoke to me after a good training session where he invited me and Elliot to Tuesday’s game”.

“Tom Shaw and Damian Froggatt were very supportive and gave me tips on how to conduct myself so it was really helpful to have them. Tom understands everything because he has been through an academy setup and into a professional environment himself.

“Since my arrival, I have settled into the club and it has been surreal, I’m hoping to do well in the future too.”

Sartorius who featured for the Imps Academy side in their pre-season friendly against Man City this summer explained how he has settled into the club thanks to Tom Shaw: “Tom is a really good coach for me, he played at a high level so knows what he is talking about which means he is great for our development as players and also how I have settled into the club.

“I am training every day and also training with the first team regularly, so my time with the club has been great and I have enjoyed it a lot. Life in Lincoln is different to what I am used to in London because I am used to it being busy all the time. I now live in a village where it is always quiet but I am getting used to it.”

“Living in a quiet village means I can focus on football with no distraction so I like it. It means I can continue to try and break into the first team by working hard to keep moving forward and pushing onwards.”

Interview by Charlie Russell

Updated 16:28 - 3 Sep 2018 by Derek Priestley

Where next?

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