MATCH REACTION AND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Point gained from title rivals pleases Tulips boss Frecklington

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Spalding United boss Dave Frecklington drew lots of positives from his side’s committed performance against Newcastle United.

Despite playing the second half with ten men after Nathan Whitehead’s sending off, the Tulips dug deep to limit their promotion rivals to just a handful of chances.

The Tulips now have the chance to show what 11 men can down when they visit the Staffordshire side on Saturday.

Frecklington said: “I’m delighted with the point and I thought the lads put a brilliant shift in, from minute one to 95.

“What you can’t do against teams in and around you is lose the game.

“Obviously Nathan knows what he’s done and it’s absolute madness, having got caught up in something which only he can say why.

TULIPS' NETBUSTER: Jenk Acar squeezes his penalty home for Spalding United, with help from Newcastle Town goalkeeper Aaron Dillon's body and the post.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

TULIPS' NETBUSTER: Jenk Acar squeezes his penalty home for Spalding United, with help from Newcastle Town goalkeeper Aaron Dillon's body and the post. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“It’s absolutely killed the boys because I think with 11 men, we’d have won the game.”

Frecklington also found fault with dependable Spalding keeper Michael Duggan for Newcastle’s equaliser, straight from a free kick carelessly given away by substitute Sam Downey.

“Because we were winning the game, we went 4-4-1 (after Whitehead’s red card) and we defended really well.

“We limited Newcastle to shots outside the box, but the goal disappointed us because we gave a free kick away needlessly on the edge of the box and Duggan’s got to do better from the free kick.

Going down to ten men in the first half was very tough, but then you always battle more for each other so it wasn’t really a problem to dig in.

Spalding United striker Jack Wightwick

“He’s lined his wall up all wrong and gets beat his side, so he’s got to stand up.

“But what we have got in the group is a lot of character and a lot of desire, having got a good point against a team that is in and around us.”

Spalding travel to Newcastle on Saturday in a rearranged game because original opponents Witton Albion are still involved in the FA Trophy.

One player looking forward to the rematch is striker Jack Wightwick who shone against Newcastle before he was substituted after picking up a knock.

STRIKERS IN ARMS: Jack Wightwick (left) and Bradley Wells threaten for Spalding United.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

STRIKERS IN ARMS: Jack Wightwick (left) and Bradley Wells threaten for Spalding United. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Wightwick said: “Going down to ten men in the first half was very tough, especially in bouncing back after Tuesday night which was a difficult defeat to take.

“It was a hard game, pretty scrappy, but then you always battle more for each other so it wasn’t really a problem to dig in.

“But it was hard to create anything going forward and we were always hanging on, so we’ll take a point.

“We’ll go to Newcastle with a fresh mind and hopefully we can battle to get that the win.

“It’s always good to play the teams that are around you and we’ve seen what we’re up against now.

“We think that we’re a good enough squad to overcome Newcastle.”

Meanwhile, striker Danny Durkin has ended a short spell at Spalding and returned to Grantham Town.