Macclesfield Town midfielder Ben Stephens has emphasised that the club must stay united after their 4-1 loss to Bury at Moss Rose on Saturday.
The 20-year-old made his first start on home soil for The Silkmen and netted his first goal in Macc colours to give the hosts a lifeline at 2-0 down.
However, it turned out to be a consolation goal for Macc as they suffered another harsh defeat, from which Stephens wants his side to recover quickly.
“It was a tough one to take and everyone was feeling downbeat,” a disappointed Stephens explained to Silkmen TV. “But the recovery starts at training.
“All the team are working hard, but individual mistakes are costing us at this moment in time and we need to iron them out.
“We have got to stick together, it’s what we’ve got at the moment that will help us power through.”
Despite being overshadowed by a humbling defeat, Stephens’ delicate chip on the half hour mark was a positive for the blossoming youngster, who only made his first start for the club at Cambridge a week before.
“It was a good feeling to score my first goal, although I can’t remember much of it,” Stephens described. “Jared slipped it through and I saw the ‘keeper coming so I lifted it and fortunately it went in the back of the net.
“But it’s hard to celebrate a goal when we have lost in that manner. We feel that we conceded a few sloppy goals and fortunately we pulled it back, but we didn’t really kick on after that.
“Obviously their third goal killed us, but we can’t concede goals like that at home, it’s as simple as that. When you score at home you need to remain hard to beat.”
Macc now have all week to prepare for their long trip to Kent for an exciting FA Cup First Round tie against Maidstone United.
“We are always thinking about the league, but Saturday is an opportunity to take our minds away from it for a moment,” said Stephens.
“It’s another game which means we have another chance to get a clean sheet under our belt and hopefully a victory too.”
By Matt Bates