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Yates: "The Important Thing Is That The Players Realise How Good They Were"

6 August 2018

Despite suffering an opening day defeat at the hands of promotion hopefuls Swindon Town, Mark Yates has said that there were plenty of positives to take from the outing.

Koby Arthur’s brace looked to have sealed three points for Macc, but two stoppage time penalty decisions meant it wasn’t to be in our return to the EFL.

However, a spirited performance from everyone in a Silkmen shirt has left Yates taking the positives from a performance which on another day, could’ve had a different outcome.

I don’t want to be saying this every game but it’s a hard luck story for us.” said Yates speaking after the match.

The important thing now is for the players to realise how good they were. We rode our luck in the first half and we had to rely on our keeper too many times for our liking, but we still stood firm and had a bit of resilience.

Second-half we changed it and realised what we had to do and I thought we were the better team after the break. I thought Harry Smith was unplayable, Koby chipped in with a couple of goals and perhaps he could’ve had more - they’re a good side but we’re gutted.

 “There’s things we can dissect, we should’ve done this, we should’ve done that. My players are beating themselves up in there, they don’t need that. We’ll have a look at it on the video and one or two instances, but we take lots of positives into training.

The Manager was also full of praise for the outstanding Silkmen fans who made the long journey down to the County Ground.

Throughout the ninety minutes the Macclesfield fans were loud and proud and Yates says despite the defeat, the team put on a performance that they could be proud of.

I thought the supporters were magnificent, I came out at ten to three and they were singing and shouting and they carried that on throughout. I’m more gutted for them then I am for myself.

“We’re all pleased and proud to be in this position, we think we put a performance on that the fans can be positive and delighted about, we should’ve won the game, unfortunately that wasn’t the case, but we pick ourselves up, go back into training and go again.

"We want to make Moss Rose a fortress, so a good performance and a win on Saturday would be great.”

By Andrew Gate

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