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Fiacre: "We're Going To Keep On Fighting"

16 April 2019

Fiacre Kelleher insists that the team still remain in positive spirits, despite Saturday’s 2 - 0 defeat at Forest Green Rovers.

Though Macclesfield looked the better side in the opening period, second half goals from Christian Doidge and Joseph Mills sent the Silkmen back to the Moss Rose empty-handed.

And Kelleher stressed that on reflection, there wasn’t much to split the two sides.

“I don’t think there was a whole lot in it, just two set-pieces in the end. You know, I think Kieran knows he can do a bit better for the second one and for the first one I think if he tried that again a hundred times, he is never flicking it like that again.

“So, it’s a difficult one to take but on the plus side not much has changed with the other results so we’re still in a good position and we just have to keep positive now and look forward to Friday.”

Miles Welch-Hayes was the only change for Sol Campbell’s side, as he deputised at right wing-back in the absence of James Pearson.

After the demanding 3 - 2 victory over Exeter City last week, Kelleher admitted that there was an element of fatigue that cost the team from picking up something from the match.

“It definitely looked it with an unchanged eleven, well Miles coming in for James because James picked up a bit of an injury, but that was the only change and I think definitely in the second half, a few of the boys were feeling it.

“But we dug in as much as we could and now we’ve got a good few days off so we’ve just got to get ourselves ready and look to Friday now.”

The Silkmen were the livelier of the two sides in the first-half, with Reece Cole and Harry Smith both having opportunities to score, but Kelleher though the team were below-par in the second 45.

“First-half I think we edged it a bit and we had the better chances. But in the second half I think we didn’t really start as sharply as we should do and it showed in the set-pieces, we just switched off a little bit.

“There were a few tired tackles as well that were giving away free-kicks.”

Despite the defeat, results elsewhere meant that Macclesfield still remain two points above the relegation zone with four games left to play.

With the Easter weekend fast-approaching, it provides the Silkmen with two opportunities to push themselves futher away from danger - starting with a trip to Northampton Town on Friday.

“It’s in our hands. That’s the main thing at the end of the day. We can do something about it. If we go flying in then we’re more than capable of picking up three points and get into an even better position then.

“Everyone in the dressing room is really positive at the moment and we’re just going to keep on going, keep on fighting.”

Vocal as ever on the pitch, Kelleher has earnt himself the trait of being a leader on the pitch.

 He insisted that he will do everything he can on the pitch to ensure the Silkmen’s survival.

“It means everything to me. I don’t know, that’s just football. You go out and it means everything to everybody. I’m not someone who’s going to go and score a goal but if I can go and shout at somebody and try to keep them going then that’s all I try to do really.

“I can’t wait for Friday now, we’ll be ready!”

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