Manager Mark Yates has been impressed by the work ethic that his Macclesfield Town squad have shown over pre-season as he spoke to The Silkmen TV after yesterday’s final friendly against Stockport County.
Since taking the helm, the Manager has put the players through their paces in preparation for Macc’s Football League return and their tenacious mentality was on display in yesterday’s fast-paced draw.
“I thought we were excellent. The first half was really good, and that’s how we want to play and press teams,” stated Yates.
“The second half was a little disjointed, but we know what we are lacking and know what we need to work on.
“We scored a good goal and had a couple of chances - to concede the way we did we were desperately disappointed. But it’s about learning and we’ll work on set-pieces again this week.
“The lads put in a great shift and have worked really hard in pre-season, where we’ve had some tough games and of course we wanted to win them all. There are a lot of positives to take.”
As with every Macc performance, the support from the fans is a crucial part of any game and Yates was quick to praise those who travelled to Stockport.
“The fans were great,” smiled the manager.
“I think they really appreciated how the lads played today, especially in the first half.
“They’ll be impressed with the way we were using the ball and moving the opposition around the pitch.
“Hopefully they’ll turn up to Swindon next week in their numbers and give us some much-needed support.”
On the pitch, Yates also praised Koby Arthur, who was a live-wire at Edgeley Park, as well as Harry Smith who scored his fourth goal during the pre-season campaign.
“We need someone who can open up teams and move with the ball and Koby gives us that,” expressed Yates,
“He’s done well this pre-season and he’s put himself in the frame for a position next week.
“Harry has been great. That’s just what we needed and what we hoped for. Now we just need to get others on his wavelength.
“Today we wanted to get 90 minutes into most of the lads, so it was a good exercise.”
By Matt Bates