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Spalding manager slams 'unacceptable' defending for goals, while praising players' fighting spirit




There was praise and criticism in equal measure from Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood for his players after their defeat to Belper Town on Saturday.

Thorogood was disappointed with the way all three goals were conceded, but he also took heart from the way the Tulips rallied after letting in two early Nailers' strikes.

"We gave away two stupid goals at the start, allowing the lad to go and score the first, then we've allowed the player to come across the box and score," Thorogood said.

Spalding United players come out for their game against Belper Town at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.080220-1.
Spalding United players come out for their game against Belper Town at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.080220-1.

"That's not acceptable because we did that last week at Kidsgrove and we've done it this week.

"But then it was like somebody flicked a switch and for such a young side, with three 19-year-olds in the back four, a 17-year-old holding midfielder, a 17-year-old out on the left and an 18-year-old out on the right, they played like they'd been together forever.

"It was good work for our goal, Tobias Liversedge was mightily unlucky with his effort that hit the bar and Jack Smith was mightily unlucky with his shot.

Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood.Photo by Tim Wilson.080220-27.
Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood.Photo by Tim Wilson.080220-27.

"So we went in at half-time with real confidence and belief that we could do something.

"We became more physical as well and we matched Belper which was when the referee started to dish out cards left, right and centre like it had gone out of fashion.

"In the second half we won a penalty and Jamie Jackson is very reliable, but penalties are a lottery and the fact of the matter is that he missed it.

"But we were still in the game, we were dangerous down the flanks and in the middle of the park.

Spalding United players hold a commemorative Tulips' shirt as a tribute to footballer Jordan Sinnott who died in January 2020, aged 25.Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding United players hold a commemorative Tulips' shirt as a tribute to footballer Jordan Sinnott who died in January 2020, aged 25.Photo by Tim Wilson.

"We created space on the ball and chances but then we've killed ourselves with their third goal because we've not marked properly and we can only blame ourselves.

"So I'm upset that we've lost the fixture, as much as the players are, but I take real positivity from the fact that we've got such a young squad of players that have stepped up to the plate against a team who will be in the play-offs.

"Against one of the most physical sides in the league, where it would have been very easy for us to have been done five or six-nil, I do take some positives out of this game going forward."

Spalding United players shake hands with those of Belper Town before their match at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.080220-2.
Spalding United players shake hands with those of Belper Town before their match at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.Photo by Tim Wilson.080220-2.

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