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Yates: "We All Have To Raise Our Game"

10 September 2018

Manager Mark Yates has spoke of how his Macclesfield side are nearing their first win of the season, despite Saturday's defeat at Stevenage 

The hosts went ahead minutes before the interval after some prolonged pressure on the Silkmen defence and Yates’ side were left to rue missed chances as they dominated in the latter stages of the game.  

Despite sticking to the same eleven that started against Blackpool during the week, the Manager saw a somewhat different performance, with less aggression that was on display in Tuesday night’s game.  

“We were beaten by a set-piece before the break, and then we were the better team by miles in the second half” Yates explained to Silkmen TV.  

“We had the ball in and around their box, but we weren’t clinical enough with it.  

“We all want to be a team full of strong players who are hard to beat and can grind something out of matches, but in periods of the first half we didn’t show that.  

“We actually play some decent football so that doesn’t worry me, but our decision making in the defensive third against Stevenage wasn’t good enough.”  

“We’re a big team and we’ve got to stand up and be counted now. I haven’t lost faith in the group of players at all,” said Yates, “We’ve just got to put in a ninety minute performance.  

“I’ve said to the lads that we must use what we practice in training and put it into action on Saturday and hence we’ve all got to raise our game.   

The Silkmen finished the game strongly on Saturday and this fuels the belief that it is only a matter of time before a win comes our way.  

“It’s just taking longer than I, the supporters, the Chairman and the players would have liked - but  we’ll turn it around 

“Lincoln are top of the league, so we’ve got a tough match next Saturday - a team full of power, pace and quality.  

“We will get back on the training ground this week and make sure that we do everything we can to set ourselves up for a competitive, organised and ultimately winning performance on Saturday.”  


By Matt Bates 

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