After making his Sky Bet League Two debut in Friday evening’s defeat at Tranmere, Ben Stephens insisted that the club are closing in on a win, and that the squad is as determined as ever to get it as soon as possible.
Despite suffering defeat, Stephens thought there were encouraging signs from the performance and felt The Silkmen were unfortunate not to go into half-time in front.
“I thought we started well, I thought that even though we rode our luck part way through the first half we were disappointed not to go into half-time one up after Rose’s free kick.
“We hit the post, and we were just unlucky. I thought if we had gone 1-0 up we would probably have seen the game out, so we felt we did enough and then we were just hit with an unlucky goal.
“We had a few chances but like you say there is a big crowd here and it’s tough when they’re all against us, but our fans were brilliant again today.”
Having suffered with injury for much of the campaign thus far, Ben admitted that despite the result, he was happy to finally be back on the pitch.
“It’s been a long time coming, I’ve been injured, and it’s just been a hard process and it just seemed like it was never going to end, but I’m delighted to get on the pitch.
“I’m just disappointed with the result really, we felt that we were unlucky but I’m happy with my performance and what I did.
“I tried to make an impact, but it was just a hard game for us, but we are going to go again next week and try and have a good week.”
Ben also stressed the importance of preparing well for next weekend’s game at home to Carlisle.
“We’re going to have a good week at it, Whits and Neil haven’t had long with us so we’re going to have a good week and going to try and prepare for a win.
“We need to win a game, we were so close to winning that game but we’re just getting a bit unlucky and missing chances but we’re nearly there, we’re so close.
“We thought we were a bit unlucky again, but we will go again next week.”