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Reaction from Spalding United manager Elliot Sandy after their victory over Gresley Rovers





Manager Elliot Sandy was pleased with his side's creativity in their four-goal home success over Gresley Rovers on Saturday.

The Tulips carved out a succession of chances in the 4-0 home win over the Moatmen in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division match.

Although a number of good opportunities were not taken, a change of tactics helped add a creative spark to the Tulips' attacking artillery.

Elliot Sandy (Spalding Utd manager) Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
Elliot Sandy (Spalding Utd manager) Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Sandy explained: "I've felt in recent weeks that we weren't creating chances, especially in the games against Coventry Sphinx, Rugby and Corby.

"We tweaked the way we played on Saturday and I felt that it helped us.

"We had better control of the ball in the middle of the park which helped us get further up field.

Cameron Gilbert (GR) Riley O'Sullivan (SU) Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
Cameron Gilbert (GR) Riley O'Sullivan (SU) Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

"There was a bit of frustration that we didn't score more goals but you have to take the positives and, although we were wanting our forwards to score, there will be a day when they all go in for them."

It was goals from two setpieces that put Spalding in the ascendancy as skipper Nathan Stainfield netted a goal in each half.

Sandy added: "We are always dangerous from setpieces and it was superb from Staino.

Joshua Egginton (GR) Dan Sweeney (SU) Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
Joshua Egginton (GR) Dan Sweeney (SU) Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

"We said before the game that setpieces are something that we need to target when you've got big lads who will cause problems when you've got superb delivery like we have.

"It could have been 6-1 at half-time but they still had that chance so we had to be switched on and we were a little bit better at taking our chances in the second half.

"It was a controlled, good performance overall and going forward we were much better."

Danny Draper (SU) on the attack Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
Danny Draper (SU) on the attack Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Two goals in six minutes late in the game then sealed Spalding's success through substitute Riley O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan had been the subject of racist abuse in last weekend's win over Corby Town and the tweak to Spalding's system saw him start on the bench on Saturday.

Sandy commented: "Riley has handled what happened last week really well but he was obviously disappointed not to be starting.

Joe Curtis (SU) Charlie Knowles (GR) Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
Joe Curtis (SU) Charlie Knowles (GR) Spalding United v Gresley Rovers, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

"It was a tactical decision going into the game but Riley stayed positive, came on and scored two goals.

"He knows that he is so important to us, as are all of our substitutes. It's a squad game and, with a busy week coming up, everyone will be used."

Spalding are in Lincolnshire Senior Cup action on Tuesday night when they host National League North side Boston United at the Sir Halley Stewart ground (7.45pm).



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