FOOTBALL: ‘Three points with three goals and a clean sheet means I’m a happy gaffer!’

Dave Frecklington
Dave Frecklington

Dave Frecklington ended the post-match interview by describing himself as “a happy gaffer” after Spalding United’s first win in six league games.

The Tulips remain third in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South thanks to Saturday’s 3-0 victory at relegation-threatened Loughborough Dynamo.

Bradley Wells is back on top of the goalscoring charts with a second-half double taking his tally to 15 league goals.

Nathan Whitehead was also on target - but Frecklington felt the clean sheet was “more important” in what he had billed as a must-win game.

The Spalding boss said: “We wanted to take out all our frustrations on Loughborough.

“Before the game, we made it clear that we didn’t care how the result came - we just had to find a way as a group and individuals.

It was important for us to stay patient, We had to get good balls into good areas. In the second half we did that with three bits of quality.

Dave Frecklington

“There is far too much quality in our changing room for that losing run to continue.

“We were outstanding last week at Basford United when we looked more solid.

“That display gave our lads extra confidence to know they could get back to keeping clean sheets.

“Loughborough were good - the first half was just as good as Newcastle Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels produced against us last month.

“It was important for us to stay patient,

“We had to get good balls into good areas. In the second half we did that with three bits of quality.

“Paul Walker put in a great cross and Bradley Wells scored with a great header.

“His second goal was absolutely brilliant. He’s the only striker in the league who can score like that on his left foot in the top corner.

“Bradley is the top scorer in the league for a reason.

“Mitch Griffiths puts in another good ball and Nathan Whitehead’s finish made it 3-0.

“The clean sheet was more important than scoring three goals.

“The introduction of Charlie Gatter in midfield set it all off.

“We took off Jack Wightwick because we needed to be a bit more aggressive and the substitution turned the game for us.

“Nathan Whitehead came to Lincoln United as a striker and Jack is a different type of player.

“It was a physical game and we needed to win those battles in the second half.

“We’ve had a little blip but the last two performances have been good.

“Now we have to keep going. We had our Christmas do on Saturday night, we’ve given them Tuesday off and we’ll train on Thursday to prepare for the home game against Market Drayton Town.

“Every game is important, one at a time, but getting three points with three goals and a clean sheet means I’m a happy gaffer!”