Macclesfield striker Harry Smith got his Silkmen goal-tally off the mark at the Moss Rose on Saturday, when his second-half equaliser against Mansfield rescued a point for Mark Yates’ side and the striker was delighted to finally break his Macclesfield duck.
A maiden goal and another point for the Silkmen meant that the former Swindon Town forward was able to make his mark in front of the home support, on a day where two contrasting 45-minute periods left the 22-year-old believing a stalemate was as a fair result for both sides.
Reflecting on the performance Smith said:
“I thought first-half we were nowhere near good enough.
“We just weren’t up to the races first-half and we didn’t come out sharp, so we probably deservedly went in 1-0 down at half-time.
“But the second-half was fantastic. I thought we completely deserved a point and we were very unlucky to not go on and win it.”
The result meant Yates’ troops picked up their second point of the season following their midweek draw with Cheltenham and another game unbeaten in the league left the striker believing the team's all important first win is agonisingly close.
“We’re itching to get that first win, we’re so close and we are such a positive group, we’re not letting the results affect the way we are in camp.
“The vibe is fantastic, and I think we just need to get a good 90 minutes together instead of a 45 good, 45 bad. But we’re a new team, new management and we’re gelling so we just need a bit of patience from everyone around us and it will come.”
It may have only been a point for the hosts on Saturday, but the fans will be delighted to see Smith finally open his account for the season with his second-half strike and the Silkmen forward will be itching to add more to his Macclesfield tally come Tuesday night's Carabao Cup Second Round tie against Walsall.
Following his goal, Smith said:
“Yeah, it’s about time.
“I think I’ve stressed enough that I should have been on the board by now comfortably and I should have had another one or two today, but I’m delighted to get a goal and I’m even more delighted that the lads have got a point
“We’re two games unbeaten now so why not go there cause an upset.”
Tuesday’s visit to Bescot Stadium in the League Cup will give The Silkmen another opportunity for Yates’ side to establish themselves as the giant-killers of the competition following Macc’s victory over the 2013 finalists Bradford City in the First Round.
It will be another away trip the fans will be desperate to get involved in and Smith couldn’t emphasise the positive effect the supporters are having on the team and his own individual performances enough -
“I think the fans don’t really understand, once they get behind us I promise you it gives us that second wind, and especially for me once I heard them get behind us second half it just makes you want to run more - so if we can get as many behind us on Tuesday night then that’s fantastic for all of us.”
By Joshua Kerr