Macclesfield Town Manager Mark Yates admitted that The Silkmen shot themselves in the foot on Saturday, as his side suffered a 3 – 1 defeat at Boundary Park.
The defeat was a tough one to take for Yates and his squad, who believed it was a game they could well have claimed maximum points from.
“I am disappointed with the first-half but we played much better second half” said Yates after the game.
"We can’t get too downbeat. We are all disappointed in the dressing room without a doubt, but we've got a game Tuesday and you know there were some real positives today.
“A few things we didn't like first-half, we allowed them to put too many crosses in the box, we weren't up to what we set our standards from Tuesday and we conceded a bad goal.
"We changed it a bit second half - but I don't want to have to keep changing it.
"I want the players to put in a performance of two halves like we did last Tuesday and get a result on the back of that.
"But, we changed it and we asked questions of them and the second half performance was good.
“We've had three or four cleared off the line, we've rained in on their goal, we've attacked and asked questions of them, and they have had a bit of luck - but they probably earnt that in the first half.
The defeat leaves The Silkmen awaiting their first victory in League Two, however the Manager remains optimistic and believes there are positives that can be taken from the defeat at Boundary Park.
“Some positives, but some things where we need to keep improving” he said.
“We knew what the season was going to be, we’re not kidding ourselves, but we are also looking at it from a staff point of view. We could have won that game – just like we could have won the first two.
“So, we’re not a million miles away; we’re not talking huge gaps, we’re just talking concentration levels. About being up for every minute of every game and everything matters. Unfortunately, our first-half performance just wasn’t up to where we wanted it to be.”
Another away trip for the team meant another chance for the players to soak up the incredible support showcased by the Macclesfield supporters, who once again turned up in their numbers to spur on their troops until the dying minutes.
Yates believes the fans will be crucial in the team turning their misfortunes around in the upcoming weeks and stated that if the team deliver a ninety minute performance of the quality they showed in the second-half at Oldham, then results will follow.
“The supporters were great, they travelled in their numbers and really got behind us
“They would have been encouraged by what they saw during the second half, but the players have got to do that for ninety minutes”
By Joshua Kerr