Glen Maddison slams Sleaford Town's 'boring' display against Desborough
GLEN Maddison says a point was all his team deserved on Saturday after a performance which was "as exciting as watching paint dry".
The Sleaford Town boss admitted his side delivered their worst first-half performance of the season against Desborough at Eslaforde Park.
However, after trailing 1-0 at half-time, the introduction of youngsters Elliott Price and then Jake Ellis gave his side improved pace and energy to eventually get a point from the United Counties League Premier Division encounter.
"We were dire," said a disappointed Maddison. "The first half was as bad as I've seen us. We were very poor and lacklustre.
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"It was extremely boring. I would rather have watched paint dry.
"We played with no desire to win the game. I thought we looked tired and leggy in the first half so I decided to do something about it."
Town made changes for the second half and soon created their first chance of the game when Luke Hollingsworth beat the Desborough right-back, but drilled wide of the upright.
Moments later Liam Tunstall was released down the left and drilled a ball across the six-yard box for Ryan Oliver to slide home from close range to level the scores.
Desborough had a penalty shout turned down following a Tom Sergeant challenge before Town took the lead.
Richard Jackson played a through-ball to Tunstall and the striker's persistence paid off when a short back pass allowed him to finish with some style.
But Sleaford could not hold out for all three points and gave away a penalty following a Tom Sergeant challenge in the area.
Desborough forward Bryne slotted home the spot-kick and the game ended 2-2.
"At half-time I switched things a bit, putting on Elliott Price and changing the formation.
"That seemed to work a bit, so I put another youngster on Jake Ellis and the two made a real difference.
"They brought a bit of a spark and more energy and I actually thought we looked like we would go on and win it.
"They (Desborough) were seventh in the league, so they are a decent side. But I remember the last game we had against them being very similar, a little bit dour.
"But the youngsters did well, both the strikers scored and the team responded to the rollicking they got at half-time. So there are some positives to take from the game.
"We have definitely picked up a bit and we have another home game on Saturday against Wellingborough.
"We haven't met them yet this season, but it's a game that we will be aiming for three points from."