Danny Whitaker admitted that yesterday’s 2-0 defeat away at MK Dons was always going to be a difficult game for the team; but is optimistic that the players returning from injury will help The Silkmen improve as he season progresses.
“It was a difficult afternoon, they are a fantastic outfit, they have got a big playing budget and some really good players, so we knew it was going to be tough from the off.
"I thought we held our own first half, did very well, created a few half opportunities, but coming in 0-0 at half time we are more than happy.
"They are up at the top of the league for a reason, they play some fantastic football and I thought we matched them in the first half and created our own half opportunities, which on another day, if you nick one, puts the pressure on them and it could be a different outlook but at the end, but it wasn’t to be.”
Macc held their own in the first half and Danny acknowledged that the plan going into the second half was to try and reproduce that same level of performance.
“We knew they would come at us second half, they are a strong team like I said, but we thought we would just try and keep in the game, create another half chance and maybe take one, but obviously they took the lead and then it’s an uphill battle from then onwards.
“But we stuck at it and created another few half chances, but it wasn’t meant to be today.
“It’s not ideal, the plan goes out the window then and you have got to try and get on the front foot and get in behind them and create chances, but when you have to try and take the game to the home team it’s difficult, especially when you come to a place like this.
“We stuck at it but when they went and got the second, we were facing a real, real battle but the lads kept going, credit to them, we didn’t crumble and concede two, three, four, five, so fair play to them on that front.”
Despite not coming away from Stadium MK with any points, the game saw Elliot Durrell, Ryan Lloyd and Danny himself feature as they continued their comebacks from long term injuries.
“We can only get better now, like I said we are getting bodies back with Elliott Durrell and Ryan Lloyd getting minutes under their belt, and myself too.
“We have got Nathan Cameron in the door, I’m sure a few more training sessions will do him no harm whatsoever, but we have got a week’s training and then we will go again next week.
“Elliott’s getting back fit so there was no chance of him making the full 90 minutes, so he was always going to come off at some stage and Ben Stephens had a tight hamstring.
“You can leave him on with the risk of him doing some serious damage, or do you get him off and save him for another day.
“I wasn’t planning on playing 90 minutes because I have only trained once in eight weeks, so that wasn’t the plan, but sometimes you have got to go with the flow and look at the bigger picture which is Yeovil at home next week.”
The game also saw new signing Nathan Cameron make his debut for the Silkmen, and Danny was impressed with what he saw from the defender.
“He was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It was his first competitive game this season, so he did more than enough to get minutes under his belt and he’s a proper footballer who reads the game well and he’s just what we need really.
“We have managed to get Cameron in which is brilliant, he is just the type of player we need, and we are looking out for more, but it is a bit of a gamble at this stage because are they going to be fit enough to slip right into our team? So, it might be a case of holding out until January and going for it then.”