Macclesfield Town manager Mark Yates was delighted with the determination of his players after a well-fought draw against Forest Green Rovers, despite feeling that three points could have been taken.
A calm and collected Scott Wilson finish put The Silkmen back on level terms, after Dayle Grubb sunk a free-kick into the top corner for the visitors.
Yates admitted that The Silkmen came very close to their first threepoints of the season and unfortunately the little slice of luck that every team needs eluded Macc on Saturday.
Despite this, the 44-year-old was quick to praise the attitude of his side -
“I’m delighted that the players worked as hard as they did,” said Yates.
“That was our most complete performance of the season, and I think we are all bitterly disappointed that we haven’t won the game.
“Forest Green are a good side. In the first half we were a great threat and in the second half they changed the system, but we moved the ball around and made them work.
“The sun effected Kieran’s [O’Hara] view of the free-kick, but we forced a deserved equaliser, worked ourselves a couple of chances and then almost had a penalty. The question is, why did the referee change his mind?”
Danny Whitaker was forced to take an early bath after coming off injured before the hour mark against Forest Green, however Yates is optimistic that the 37-year-old will be raring to go for tonight’s trip to Newport County AFC.
With regards to the entire squad, Yates was impressed with their character and energy in a new 4-3-3 formation.
“We needed a result on Saturday and the group massively worked hard for each other”
“We defended with strength and competed for everything, which gave us a platform to build on.
“I see a determination within that dressing room. Wednesday certainly didn’t go the way we wanted but being at rock-bottom taught us what we are about.
“Now we have to recover and prepare well for Newport on Tuesday. They are a big, compromising team all over the pitch, but we have to keep them quiet and play our football.”
As always, the twelfth man plays as big a part as any in getting results, and on Saturday it was no different.
“The fans were absolutely brilliant."
“I asked them to support the boys and they did that exceptionally.
“It’s not nice getting beat and the fans are entitled to moan. But myself, the staff and the team would run through brick walls for the club and its supporters.
“We are all learning and improving together, and if we get the same support on Tuesday and next Saturday against Notts County, we can quickly change how the league table looks.”
By Matt Bates