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"We're desperate for three points"

In only the second game both Neal Spafford and Gabriel Zakuani have been in caretaker charge of Spalding United, they lost 1-0 to Bedford Town in the FA Trophy second qualifying round.

Former Peterborough player Zakuani was impressed with the performance and said: "I was proud of the boys, and I think they stood up and played really well.

"It was a really physical test and they stood up to the test and it's the best I've seen them play as a group.

Caretaker Managers, Gabriel Zakuani (right) and Neal Spafford (Left) (42743385)
Caretaker Managers, Gabriel Zakuani (right) and Neal Spafford (Left) (42743385)

"I've only been here two games, there's a lot to work on for us but there's a lot of positives to take.

"They had a really good side and the fact that at times we took the game to them, is only a positive thing, and we've got to build on performances like these.

"The first game I turned up 30 mins before kick-off, which probably wasn't great for me.

Cpatain, Michael Duggan, leading his team out ahead of the game against Bedford Town (42743387)
Cpatain, Michael Duggan, leading his team out ahead of the game against Bedford Town (42743387)

"I'm starting to get an influence now, and I've told them they have to fight for me and we have to get the lads going now.

"I think today they looked like they was a team, and they really did work for each other.

"More games than not, if they play like that they'll win."

When talking about him taking to management he said: "I'm enjoying it, I'm really enjoying it.

"I've got a lot of experience and a lot of these players look up to me, so I've got to show them that I can help them.

"I've been working with the defence a lot and helping them out in whatever way I can, and I think that's definitely helping us out as a club.

"We're being defensively better as we've been working on this training.

"Most of the work that we do in training is about moving the ball quickly, and getting everyone confident on the ball.

"I think the problem in the week was that we was missing a lot of players, and getting these back today helped us out a lot.

"I think now it's all about getting it right for our next game.

"We need to stop this rot of five games without a win, as that's not good enough for all of us.

"But we all know this, and we know the next game will be a tough fixture, but since I've been here I've seen that this group of players is more than good enough to play well and win.

"That's the aim now, and we'll get them in at training and work on the stuff we got wrong today, in the hope that we get the three points we're all desperate for."

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