Full-Back Tinsley Thrilled With Win Against Stoke City
Its been a tough few weeks for Sheffield FC with a run of three defeats against three of the strongest teams in the league, so three points against fourth placed Stoke City was a massive boost for the hosts
"It feels absolutely amazing to get three points after our recent defeats", admitted Tinsley, "especially against a team as good as Stoke City. You could feel how great it felt by the team's reaction after the full-time whistle."
In a game of two halves, Sheffield were second best in the first 45 minutes, but there was a marked turnaround after the break, with the hosts coming out reinvigourated for what became a thrilling second half. So what was said by the Sheffield management team at half-time?
"We were told just to keep playing our game - we know we are capable of playing that sort of football, as we produce it in training regularly, so it was great to be able to deliver that in the second half."
Its Sheffield's first win against a top five side this season, and quite some turnaround having lost 3-0 to Stoke City in the Legaue Cup just a month ago. Tinsley admitted that it was a help having played the Potters once already this season:
"Stoke played two up top last time and they pressed quite high as a team, so we knew we had to be better in the block We altered how we played out from the back too which helped us get going better than last time.
"Its been tough going into matches against brand new opponents each week - having a bit of knowledge about our opposition this time helped the tactics and allowed us to target specific things that we hoped might break them down."
Its a busy week for Sheffield who play again on Thursday night as they welcome high-flying Derby County to the Home of Football. Having lost on Sunday for the first time this season, just as Stoke had done immediately prior to playing Sheffield,
"I’m really looking forward to the game on Thursday, especially as it’s against my old club. It will be a tough game, and we know we're going to have to reproduce today's performance if we're to have a chance of coming out on top."
Sheffield FC's match against Derby County kicks off at 7:45pm on Thursday 11 October at the Home of Football Stadium, Sheffield Road, Dronfield, S18 2GD. Tickets available on the night priced £4 and £2.
Photos courtesy of Paula Johnson