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Reaction from Spalding United manager Brett Whaley after his side defeated Shepshed Dynamo

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Manager Brett Whaley felt his Spalding United side set a standard with which to move forward from in their three-goal home victory over Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday.

Three goals in 10 second half minutes ended a run of five matches without a win in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division in what was Whaley's first home match in charge of the Tulips.

Top scorer Jordan Macleod bagged a brace with Ben Starkie also on target against a Shepshed side who finished the match with 10 men following the sending off of goalkeeper Brandon Ganley.

New Spalding boss Brett Whaley. Photo: Chris Lowndes
New Spalding boss Brett Whaley. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Whaley said: "The conditions were really difficult and I felt we needed a reaction to show that we cared a bit and wanted to win.

"I felt that we were slowly but surely getting more and more of a foothold into the game before the first goal went in.

"The pleasing thing was that, once we went 1-0 up, it would have very easy to have sat back in and try and hold it but we didn't and we went again and again.

"It was a big decision for the sending off which I don't think was right and that then killed them out of the game.

"But, after when the game was done at 2-0 and they were down to 10 men, we didn't stop.

"The defenders wanted to keep clean sheets, the forwards wanted to keep scoring goals and, even though the midfielders were dead on their feet after playing in those conditions, they wanted to keep going.

"It was a really good day but I said to the players afterwards that they had a similar experience at Coleshill a while ago and didn't back it up.

"One win isn't enough where we are in the league. We need to make sure that we have set ourselves a standard that we can only get better from.

"The message is that we have ability in the dressing room and they showed that they have a togetherness but it's now about making sure that we don't feel that's just enough."

New signing Dylan Edge. Photo: Chris Lowndes
New signing Dylan Edge. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Both sides had traded chances throughout an entertaining contest that saw home goalkeeper Michael Duggan make some crucial stops at vital times.

Macleod then fired Spalding ahead after 72 minutes before doubling the lead shortly after from the penalty spot.

Starkie sealed the success with eight minutes remaining as the Tulips equalled their biggest league win of the season.

Whaley added: "It was a team performance.

"Our goalkeeper played well, the two centre-halves were excellent, our centre forward scored twice and had another couple of chances and I thought the work-rate of our midfield won the game for us.

"All of the departments put a shift in because, in this league, you can't have some players playing and others not.

"This was a clear indication of everybody playing together. It was the type of the game where, if you're top of the league, you win it 1-0 and you're delighted afterwards.

"For us to win it 3-0, having not won for five games, was great. You can sometimes get nervous at 1-0 but I didn't think we did and looked completely in control."

The Tulips gave a debut to new striker Dylan Edge who has joined the club from league rivals Wisbech Town.

Whaley commented: "Dylan will take the attention away from the other two. He's very good in the air and works his socks off.

"Jordan Macleod had four chances which came because the attention was elsewhere and the last four or five weeks he's been up there on his own.

"It takes the pressure of them all which is the whole idea around it."

Spalding are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Cambridge City.

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