Mark Yates has said that he can’t fault the efforts of his players following Tuesday nights 3-3 draw with second placed Newport County.
Fiacre Kelleher gave Macc the lead early on before David Fitzpatrick bagged a brace from the penalty spot.
However, a heart-breaking 97th minute equaliser denied the Silkmen all three points as the search for a win in the league goes on, but Yates says the players proved what they can do in matches.
“For my players it was really cruel today,” said Yates speaking after the game.
“We had to fight, and we rode our luck a little bit, but to concede a goal in the 97th minute is gut-wrenching but my jobs to pick the boys up and get ready for Saturday.
“We’ve proved that we can compete, and we’ve proved we can give teams a game now we’ve just got to concentrate even more and work even harder.
“It shows we can compete, and it shows we’re good enough. We’ve just got to believe it more.
“I’m not going to berate the players as they were excellent tonight and we’ve not got what perhaps we should’ve had tonight."
Yates also said that the players had built on Saturday’s draw with Forest Green Rovers and as the next game against Notts County draws ever nearer he admitted the team needs to put in another strong performance.
“I think we built on Saturday’s performance in terms of work rate, effort and commitment but I said in there I feel for them, but I don’t feel sorry for them.
“They’ve now got to role their sleeves up and go again Saturday.
“We talked about Saturday’s point against Forest Green being the point where we want to start our season. We’ve chopped and changed and not got everything right, but we do everything as a group and Saturday and tonight’s performances we can be proud of and build on in the future.
Finally, despite the long distance on a Tuesday night, Macclesfield fans turned up in force to south Wales and the gaffer praised their terrific support.
“The fans were brilliant, thank you for coming and thank you for clapping the fans off at the end.
“I’m delighted they made the journey and showed the faith I just wish we could’ve won it for them.”
By Andrew Gate