Mark Yates admits he was left disappointed following Saturday’s defeat to Grimsby and the Silkmen boss also believes the fans deserved better in the club’s first EFL game at the Moss Rose for six-years.
The Macclesfield Manager believes the match was lost in the opening 45 minutes where the Silkmen were on the back-foot of a flood of Grimsby attacks and just couldn’t settle into the game. Speaking to Silkmen Online after the game Yates stated:
“I’m disappointed, we haven’t done enough. It’s not the ideal scenario for our first home game back in the Football League, but we’ve got to get over that pretty quickly as we’ve got a game on Tuesday.
“We didn’t do enough first half. That’s where we lost the game, we didn’t play with enough tempo, energy, enough anything. Second half we were on top, and we had great chances.
“There’s lots to work on, no crisis, no falling outs in there, but the players know we cost ourselves the game first half.”
After going in trailing at the break, the Silkmen showed a spirited effort to get back into the contest and looked the team most likely to score following the visitors being reduced to ten-men.
However it wasn’t meant to be for the hosts and Yates believes his players have to react quicker in the early stages if they are to start putting points on the board.
“I don’t want to have to get a reaction all the time”, said the Manager.
“I want the players to go out there and make it happen and we didn’t do enough in the first half. We conceded a poor goal from our part – great strike for the kid - but a poor goal from our part.
“We didn’t do things we set out to do, we lacked tempo. As much as we dominated the ball - second-half especially when they went down to ten men, we just played in front of them too many times and our quality when we did get into areas wasn’t as good as it should have been.
“I can’t point my finger at one or two, but I can point my finger at six or seven who have got into good areas and things haven’t happened when we’ve got into good positions on the pitch”
Yates' attention will now turn to Tuesday, where the Silkmen welcome Bradford to the Moss Rose in the League Cup and the hosts will be desperate to give a better account of themselves to the supporters next time around.
Yates spoke about not only the importance of the game against the Bantams, but also emphasised the significance of restricting the opposition to as few chances as possible if they are to progress to the next round.
“The next game is always the most important one.
“Today was the most important game and now it moves on to Tuesday which will be a tough game we know that - every game is going to be tough.
“We’ve got to start keeping clean sheets, we have got to got to work harder with the ball, and without the ball, we’ve got to create more chances. When we get into really good positions like we did today things have got to happen, and we need to start scoring.
“But, I think first and foremost, the players are giving me everything, it just hasn’t gone for them in the last couple of games.
“We’ve got to make sure we stick together, start keeping clean sheets, looking like we’re solid and we’ll then nick a couple of 1-0’s, and hopefully we can start progressing through the season.”
The fans once again turned up in their numbers as the Moss Rose and Yates was delighted with the reception that the players received and highlighted their importance on the team this season.
“It’s vitally important, it’s not going to be plain sailing all season, we know that.
“That said, we know we’ve got to give them something to cheer about and something to feel encouraged about.
“They have seen a little bit of that today, but nowhere near what I wanted, so well done the crowd and not so well done the team today.”
By Joshua Kerr