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Neil: "We Need To Cut Out Individual Mistakes"

12 November 2018

Macclesfield Town Joint Assistant Manager Neil Howarth believes the team have hit “rock-bottom”  after they crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Maidstone United. 

Despite taking the lead in the game through Ben Stephens, The Silkmen conceded two goals in the second-half and exited the competition in the First Round. 

Howarth sent out a warning to everyone that the club need to bring in players "quickly” and then “assess” the situation again in January. 

“We’ve got to hit rock-bottom to take a step back,” he said. “I think we have, this is as low as I’ve ever been in my footballing career. 

“When you do finally hit rock-bottom, there’s only one way to go. We need players, we need to get some available players in before January, if possible. 

“There’s not many of them about, not many of them that are unattached, not many that we can afford, not many that are fit and ready to come into the team, but we have to try and get players in quickly. 

“Then in January, we have to reassess and make decisions on players, who are showing at the moment, that they’re not League Two standard.” 

Howarth was upbeat about Town’s performance at half-time, after Stephens’ goal on 14 minutes, was the difference at the break. 

However, the Joint Assistant Manager believes the team shouldn’t be relying on the youngster to get the team going or to win games. 

Howarth added: “He’s a bright light, he’s a good player. He’s stepping up to first-team football now and he’s our best player. 

“There’s a lot of players, who have played a lot of games and we’re having to rely on a young kid like that to get us into games and try get us over the line. 

“When there’s not enough (players) doing it, that’s the result you get.” 

Maidstone hit back after half-time and Jack Powell’s terrific free-kick started to swing the momentum towards the hosts. 

United captain Blair Turgott calmly slotted home a penalty on 69 minutes, but Howarth said that he had the belief that the team were going to come back and get something from the game.

Howarth said: “I did (believe) to be honest. We can be either quite good or poor at the moment. When we’re quite good, I think we have a little bit about us. 

“We’ve got players, who can turn it on at times and I was thinking that we had a good 20 minutes to get ‘that’ opportunity or ‘that’ chance to get an equaliser. 

“I hadn’t given up hope at all, no way. Again, we fell short, we weren’t able to get any pressure on them, which is a disappointing feeling.” 

The Silkmen are in EFL Trophy action midweek as they take on West Bromwich Albion Under-23s, before travelling to second-place MK Dons next Saturday afternoon. 

He said: “It’s going to be a rough few days, but there’s only one way to get over things like this. You can’t sit and feel sorry for yourself and lick your wounds. 

“I’m certainly not going to come out all bouncing and saying that everything is going to be okay because I’d just be talking rubbish

“There’s a way and a formula to get the best out of these lads, we’ve been close a few times. We get it for periods in matches and then if we cut out individual mistakes, we’d have a lot more points and we’d still be in a cup competition.”


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