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Fitzpatrick On West Brom Victory

15 November 2018

After The Silkmen booked their place into the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion U21s on Tuesday, David Fitzpatrick has said that Macc now need to build on the result.

Goals from Ben Stephens and Koby Arthur saw The Silkmen claim all three points in the group stage, coming back from behind and after the game, he spoke to Silkmen TV with his views on the game.

“First-half we were quite well organized, we gave away a sloppy goal but after that I thought we did quite well.” said Fitzpatrick.

“Second-half we were slightly disappointed but a win is a win and we’ve not had many this season so we need to take the positives.

“We changed formation slightly, we went 4-4-2 today, so we tried something different and we worked on that but the positive is the win simple as that.

“The result mattered and it’s got us through so we need to build on it, because like I say we’ve not won many games this year.

“Before the game we talked about the importance of a clean-sheet so to give a goal away like we did was very disappointing.

“We spoke about not giving them easy chances so we let ourselves down massively but I think the way we responded was brilliant after that.” 

Ben Stephens has recently hit a rich vein of form for Macc and Fitz has said that the striker has a bright future ahead of him.

“He’s a great player Ben and he’s been unfortunate with injuries but as you can see from the last few games with his goals and the way he takes the ball and creates stuff he’s a brilliant player and we expect a lot from him.”

However, Fitzpatrick is under no illusions that despite progressing through, the league is priority.

“The league is priority but if we’re going to build on something with games like tonight.

“It’s a very tough game and I think it’s probably one of the most difficult this season a lot of people will be writing us off and maybe that will go in our favours and that might surprise some people.”

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