Lincoln City claimed a remarkable victory at Braintree, despite playing for 86 minutes with only 10 men.

The Imps had striker Gomez Dali sent off for a straight red card offence in only the fourth minute when the referee spotted an off the ball incident.

Luke Daley missed a chance to put the Iron ahead, but Lincoln then dominated.

Tony Diagne volleyed the visitors ahead with a 25-yard strike and made it 2-0 when he fired into the top corner, before Andrew Boyce headed in a third.

Lincoln's win eases their relegation fears and they are now up to 17th in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, three points clear of the bottom four.

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Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"It was unbelievable to have a lad sent of in the first few minutes and stupidly, which I'm not happy about. But it's the only thing I'm not happy about - to put that performance in, 3-0 away from home, was magnificent.

"We changed our shape and the game plan worked and we were brave, even when we had a man sent off to keep two up front and it was fully deserved.

"I've said to the players that it's scandalous that they're in this position if they can put performances in like that. At the end of the day now it's up to them to keep going.

"I still think it will go to the wire. I thought we'd need 12 points (to be safe) and we've taken 10, but with the way everyone else keeps winning we might need 15 but as long as we pick up the points the pressure is on everyone else."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham (Watts - 82' )
  • 05 Paine
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 07 Symons (Wickham - 84' )
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 12 Daley
  • 09 Marks
  • 14 Sheppard (Woodyard - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 28 Watts
  • 32 Smith
  • 31 Wickham
  • 33 Woodyard

Lincoln City

  • 01 Farman
  • 03 Diagne (Gray - 81' )
  • 05 Boyce
  • 20 Miller
  • 25 Brown
  • 04 Jordan
  • 12 Sheridan (Smith - 90' )
  • 35 Turnbull
  • 37 Fofana Booked (Power - 77' )
  • 10 Taylor Booked
  • 36 Dali Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 31 Preece
  • 08 Power
  • 15 Gray
  • 18 Jones
  • 07 Smith
Ref: Swabey
Att: 447

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

6 4

Corners

4 4

Fouls

12 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:52 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Massey on Jamie Taylor. Daniel Gray restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:15

Centre by Kenny Davis, Andrew Boyce makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:48

Alan Power is adjudged to have handled the ball. Kenny Davis takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:18 Substitution

Substitution Jake Sheridan goes off and Adam Smith comes on.

88:37

Todd Jordan fouled by Alex Woodyard, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Power.

87:30

Ryan Watts produces a cross, clearance by Andrew Boyce.

86:30

Foul by Jake Sheridan on Nathan McDonald, free kick awarded. Nathan McDonald takes the direct free kick.

85:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Turnbull by Matthew Paine. Free kick taken by Tom Miller.

83:41 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Wickham comes on in place of Nicky Symons.

82:35

Jake Sheridan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

81:01 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Watts joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sam Habergham.

80:22 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Gray on for Tony Diagne.

78:37

Assist on the goal came from Alan Power.

78:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Boyce - Braintree 0 - 3 Lincoln Andrew Boyce finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Braintree Town 0-3 Lincoln City.

78:11

Corner taken by Alan Power,

76:36

Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

76:36 Substitution

Substitution Mamadou Fofana leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Power.

76:36

Dean Wells fouled by Jamie Taylor, the ref awards a free kick.

75:34

Todd Jordan delivers the ball, save by Nathan McDonald.

74:40

The ball is sent over by Sam Habergham, clearance by Andrew Boyce.

73:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Tony Diagne - Braintree 0 - 2 Lincoln Free kick scored by Tony Diagne from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-2 Lincoln City.

72:54

Alan Massey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Taylor.

70:11

The ball is crossed by Kenny Davis, Mamadou Fofana gets a block in.

69:37

Centre by Matthew Paine, Tom Miller makes a clearance.

68:23

Matthew Paine produces a cross, clearance by Nathaniel Brown.

67:14 Substitution

Substitution Alex Woodyard on for Kaine Sheppard.

67:14

Effort from deep inside the area by Jamie Taylor misses to the right of the goal.

66:30

Daniel Sparkes produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

65:38

Kaine Sheppard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Farman.

64:32

Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

64:32 Booking

Booking Jamie Taylor booked for unsporting behaviour.

64:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Taylor on Alan Massey.

62:23

Shot from just outside the area by Jamie Taylor misses to the right of the target.

61:07

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from right channel.

61:07 Booking

Booking Mamadou Fofana is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

60:54

Mamadou Fofana challenges Matthew Paine unfairly and gives away a free kick.

60:16

Luke Daley sends in a cross, Tony Diagne manages to make a clearance.

59:25

Andrew Boyce challenges Kaine Sheppard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kenny Davis shoots direct from the free kick, Paul Turnbull gets a block in.

58:03

Daniel Sparkes has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

57:21

Kaine Sheppard takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

55:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Sheridan on Matthew Paine. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

54:44

Luke Daley produces a cross, Nathaniel Brown makes a clearance.

50:56

The ball is delivered by Nicky Symons, clearance by Nathaniel Brown.

50:48

The ball is crossed by Luke Daley, blocked by Tony Diagne.

49:47

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Turnbull makes a clearance.

47:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Mamadou Fofana. Daniel Sparkes produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Paul Farman makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Andrew Boyce.

47:30

The referee blows for offside against Jake Sheridan. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

46:21

Kaine Sheppard is penalised for a handball. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

45:38

Unfair challenge on Andrew Boyce by Kaine Sheppard results in a free kick. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:00 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:45

Sam Habergham sends in a cross, Nathaniel Brown manages to make a clearance.

44:47

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jake Sheridan. Alan Massey restarts play with the free kick.

44:07

Jamie Taylor crosses the ball, clearance by Alan Massey.

43:23

Centre by Sam Habergham, clearance made by Mamadou Fofana.

40:49

Daniel Sparkes takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Tom Miller.

40:27

Centre by Matthew Paine, blocked by Mamadou Fofana.

40:14

The ball is crossed by Luke Daley, Mamadou Fofana makes a clearance.

39:30

Daniel Sparkes delivers the ball, Tom Miller gets a block in.

38:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Todd Jordan on Alan Massey. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

38:02

Sean Marks produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

37:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Nathaniel Brown. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

36:44

Alan Massey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Sheridan. Paul Turnbull delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Nicky Symons makes a clearance.

35:59

Sam Habergham fouled by Andrew Boyce, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

34:26

The ball is crossed by Luke Daley, blocked by Mamadou Fofana.

33:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Turnbull by Luke Daley. Free kick taken by Paul Turnbull.

30:03

Paul Turnbull takes the inswinging corner, Nathan McDonald makes a save.

29:01

The ball is swung over by Luke Daley, Nathaniel Brown makes a clearance.

26:59

Jamie Taylor is ruled offside. Alan Massey takes the free kick.

25:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Tony Diagne - Braintree 0 - 1 Lincoln Tony Diagne scores a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-1 Lincoln City.

24:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Boyce by Sean Marks. Direct free kick taken by Tom Miller.

23:34

Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Clearance made by Dean Wells.

22:02

Jake Sheridan delivers the ball, clearance by Dean Wells.

20:54

The ball is crossed by Matthew Paine, Shot from just outside the box by Kenny Davis goes over the bar.

20:32

Foul by Nathaniel Brown on Sean Marks, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kenny Davis.

19:29

The ball is crossed by Tom Miller, blocked by Daniel Sparkes. Outswinging corner taken by Paul Turnbull from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Sean Marks.

17:40

The ball is sent over by Kenny Davis, save by Paul Farman.

14:57

The ball is sent over by Kenny Davis, clearance by Mamadou Fofana.

13:50

Unfair challenge on Kenny Davis by Todd Jordan results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kenny Davis from left channel, clearance by Nathaniel Brown.

13:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Tom Miller. Direct free kick taken by Kenny Davis.

11:44

The ball is delivered by Luke Daley.

11:00

The ball is swung over by Paul Turnbull, Nicky Symons makes a clearance.

10:11

Luke Daley takes a shot. Save made by Paul Farman. Paul Turnbull takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nicky Symons.

9:22

Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line to the near post, Nathaniel Brown manages to make a clearance.

8:24

Luke Daley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Taylor. Free kick crossed by Paul Turnbull, save by Nathan McDonald.

8:13

A cross is delivered by Jake Sheridan.

6:02

Matthew Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Diagne. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Turnbull, Alan Massey manages to make a clearance.

5:12

Matthew Paine challenges Todd Jordan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Miller takes the free kick.

3:54 Dismissal

Dismissal Gomez Dali receives a red card.

3:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Boyce on Sean Marks. Nathan McDonald takes the direct free kick.

3:03

Sean Marks concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Boyce. Paul Farman takes the direct free kick.

2:19

Dean Wells takes a shot. Save by Paul Farman.

1:32

Andrew Boyce challenges Sean Marks unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from right channel, clearance made by Nathaniel Brown.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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