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FOOTBALL: Spalding United under-21s coach Lewis Thorogood slams 'unacceptable' performance from his side at home to Brigg Town

Spalding United under-21s coach Lewis Thorogood admitted to being “frustrated, disappointed and a little bit angry”after Tuesday night’s display against Brigg Town.

Thorogood shared some “home truths” with a side that included five players in the reckoning for first team action, one of them being Kegan Everington who will play some role against Belper Town on Saturday after suspension.

After taking control of the game early on, the Tulips allowed Brigg to score five times, an outcome Thorogood described as “unacceptable”.

He said: “It wasn’t good enough when we were the better team for the first ten to 20 minutes.

“We missed a hatful of chances and then, for some reason, we decided to drop right back and let them come on to us.

“It was very poor to see us scuffing our chances and mistiming challenges.

“When Brigg went in 3-1 up at half-time, I’m sure they couldn’t believe their luck.

“Then, in the second half, we tried to overplay and ended up taking too many touches and misplacing passes.

“We shouldn’t have been in a position where not only were we 3-1 down at half-time, but 5-1 down before scoring near the end of the game.”

One positive highlighted by Thorogood from Tuesday’s disappointing defeat was the goal, and commitment, of 16-year-old Tulips midfielder Ross Bland.

“We have some talented players at the football club so overcomplicated and substandard performances won’t be accepted or tolerated,” Thorogood said.

“The slightly worrying bit for me was that the youngest player on the pitch, Ross Bland, was the best player on the pitch.

“We need to play simple football and not try to walk the ball into the back of the net.

“The league is about developing players and giving youngsters the chance to have a run-out.

“But you also need to have a winning mentality which is why, after the match, I gave the players a few home truths that, as a Step 4 non-league football club, it’s up to them to go out and perform.”


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