After a bonus point victory in the Checkatrade Trophy against Blackpool last night, Manager Mark Yates has praised his players as they held their own against higher league opposition once again.
Following Nathan Blissett’s opener, Michael Rose scored twice before netting the winning penalty to ensure the Silkmen won their ninth consecutive shoot-out.
So far this season, Macc have taken three League One sides to penalties and came away victorious on each occasion, however the 44-year-old said last night’s performance was one of the best he’s seen from The Silkmen.
“I thought we played some really good football. We caused the opposition some big problems and for 92 minutes we were very difficult to break down.
“There were a couple of decisions at the top end of the field where we needed to keep the ball, but we’ve got to learn from it and not just brush it under the carpet.
“It was our most controlled performance of the season from where I’m watching the game and I’m not seeing chance after chance for the opposition - so it was really pleasing.”
Yates named six changes to the side that started at Crewe on Saturday, as he looks to bolster the dynamics of his squad.
The changes included handing a first start to Peter Vincenti, who made his first full appearance for the club -
“We were always planning on trialling a new system in this game, as we haven’t been happy with the number of goals we have conceded, particularly away from home.
“There’s still improvements to be done as we have only had a day to work on it, but even so we’ve got the personnel to play this system.
“We are not going to go from not winning six straight league games to Barcelona-style football, but we were good offensively as well and looked compact, organised and solid.”
Despite seeing some positive signs at both ends of the pitch last night, the Manager still expressed the importance of picking up points in the league.
“We’ve not made the start we wanted, so it was important that we put in a performance against Blackpool that showed the supporters that all my staff undoubtedly care.
“Even though the performance today warranted a win, it gives us hope going into the next few games, where we need to stand up and be counted.”