FOOTBALL: Spalding United squad ‘must stand up and be counted’

Michael Antkowiak collects a cross at Chasetown
Michael Antkowiak collects a cross at Chasetown
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A seventh successive away defeat left Spalding United boss Chris Rawlinson frustrated again.

The Tulips’ run started at Chasetown in the Buildbase FA Trophy at the end of October and continued with Saturday’s 2-1 league defeat.

They have not picked up a point on their travels since the 2-1 win at Romulus.

Rawlinson admitted: “We managed to lose again and I’m getting bored of it, especially in away games.

“Our shape was quite good to limit Chasetown and we let them have more possession.

“They have better footballers than us and I’ve never won at the ground in all those years at this level in any management team.

The players must start believing they can take points off teams who are above us.

Chris Rawlinson

“Straight after half-time, we lost possession and got picked off so it was a frustrating way to concede.

“We had opportunities and for 20 or 25 minutes we could have got back in the game.

“Our young goalkeeper had done everything well until he made an error for Chasetown’s second goal.

“We are not far off – but we can’t convert that situation into picking up points, especially on the road.

“We have winnable games coming up at home and away.

“The players must start believing they can take points off teams who are above us.

“We ran Cleethorpes Town close on New Year’s Day and it was a similar story on Saturday at Chasetown.

“But we’ve still managed to lose both away games so far in 2018.

“When I look around the changing room, I’m happy with the squad.

“But soon we’ll have to start learning how to get points away from home.

“We will work hard on the training ground. The players must stand up and be counted.”