Danny Whitaker has said that he’ll be taking the positives from Tuesday nights 4-1 defeat away at Accrington Stanley.
The Silkmen’s qualification hopes suffered a blow in Lancashire as Accy extended their lead at the top of Northern Group C with all still to play for.
However, in his first game in charge of the Silkmen alongside Neil Howarth Whitaker said there are lots of positives to take from the game.
“It was a mixed evening,” said Whitaker speaking to Silkmen TV after the game.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy as Accrington are a very good side and play some very good football in league 1 so we knew it was going to be difficult.
“I thought we held our own in the first half and played some really good football, we could’ve been better in the final third which we need to do a bit of work on but that’ll come.
“Second half we did let ourselves down a little bit with the goals we conceded, and we need to address it and we will do.
“Obviously it’s difficult to get your ideas across at such short notice as we’ve only had 1 training session. We’ve done our best to get what we want to get across and I thought you could see that in the first half with the football we played.
“There are lots of positives to take and we’ll go away and watch the game again and see what we can do better.
“Accrington aren’t a bad team, they’re very good at what they do so we knew it was going to be difficult, we were probably a bit sloppy for their first goal but that’s football and it’s all about learning.”
Peter Vincenti grabbed the Silkmen’s only goal of the game from a set-piece and Whitaker praised both Michael Rose and Vincenti for their quick thinking.
However, he says the team must improve their end product ahead of a crucial match against Tranmere Rovers on Friday.
“We just said to the lads see if you can do anything quick and catch them off guard. It was a great ball by Rosey and a great header by Pete (Vincenti) for our goal.”
“We had quite a few big lads on when they scored, and we were overloaded at the back post but it’s just a matter of communication and we’ll get that across to the lads to correct those errors.
“We had Friday’s game in mind as well and we needed to give some players a rest and a few some minutes like Bliss (Nathan Blissett) and Harry (Smith).
“Their fourth goal was a horrendous one to concede and we’ve said that to the players in the dressing room. Goals like that shouldn’t be happening and it was a bad one to give away.
“We’ll be working on the final third and our end product. We need to have an end product or else it’s a waste of time, but we worked well with getting the ball out from Rhys into the defence and then to the midfield, but the final third is where we want to start producing an end product.”