After Tuesday night’s dramatic victory over Bradford City in the Carabao Cup, Mark Yates has expressed his delight with the Silkmen’s performance.
Coming into the game Yates’ side could’ve felt hard done by with two defeats from the opening two league games, however a brave and tenacious performance against higher league opposition gave the Manager much to be pleased about.
Fiacre Kelleher’s powerful header was cancelled out in normal time by Bradford’s Luca Colville, but Rhys Taylor proved to be the hero, saving twice in the resulting penalty shootout.
All in all, a fantastic night for Macclesfield and Mark Yates, who says he wants more of the same going forward.
“That’s how I want my team to be playing.” said Yates.
“We’ve stepped up a level from last year and I know we’ve got good players, but I also knew it would take a little bit of time to adjust but I think the players have had that time now. Tonight is what I want from my team.
“We’re not going to be able to press for 90 minutes but we were organised, we were solid, the goalkeeper has made some good saves when we’ve needed them, but I thought we were great tonight with the energy, the aggression and the tempo that we played at which was just what I’d asked for.
“I said to the players in the dressing room, Saturday wasn’t what I wanted, tonight was. We’ve got to now do the same every Saturday and Tuesday for the rest of the season.
“As stupid as it sounds, we could be on six points now but we’re learning quickly and the lads are learning what I want and what I’m expecting from them.
“Bradford are a decent side but we played really well in patches today, we were more competitive and more aggressive and more everything tonight. I saw a lot more from the team tonight.
“We asked questions, hit the post a couple of times and Rhys has made a couple of really good saves but I thought we edged a really competitive game tonight.”
Our attention swiftly turns to Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture away at Oldham Athletic where The Silkmen will be looking to get some points on the board.
“I’ll be hoping we’ll be travelling in numbers and our fans get behind the boys. No matter what I’ll back my players, I’ll back my boys all day long even if things don’t go well – along as we’re trying to do the right thing
By Andrew Gate