Macclesfield Town boss Sol Campbell was left to rue missed chances as his side slipped to defeat against Exeter City on the opening day of the season. A late Ryan Bowman ricochet proved to be the difference between the sides, but it could’ve been a very different game if the Silkmen’s chances were put away says Campbell.
“I think that’s going to happen when we don’t put our chances away. We had some good possession and good passing play but if we don’t convert our chances then this can happen.
“It’s a ricochet that’s come off his shin so it’s a cruel way to lose. I thought it was going to finish as a 0-0 draw, but we’ve got to keep going to the last second.
“The positive thing for me is we played some good football, but we need to convert the chances that we create in the final third.”
Macc dominated the ball in the first half with 60% possession, but Sol says players need to be more clinical in front of goal.
“We had opportunities to test the goalkeeper. We need to be more goal-hungry and realise when were in good positions.
“Every single forward should be wanting to score or be looking for an opening and we did that, but it’s the finishing touches that we need to get better at.”
The Silkmen were the better team for most of the match and Sol praised his players hard work against a good footballing side.
“We tried, we definitely tried as a team. We played well and we had our chances but so did Exeter. If we took our chances early on, then I think it would’ve been a different game.
“They’re a good footballing side so we didn’t want them to play too much, but it’s the first game of the season so everybody is still getting to their full fitness and nobody is there yet.
“The most important thing is to work hard, work for your mates and the team. That’s what the lads have done today by putting a great shift in and they all gave 100%.”
Leyton Orient make the trip to the Moss Rose next weekend and the boss says it’s important that the Silkmen bounce back quickly.
“It’s a long season and we’ve got to get points on the board and get some momentum going. We need to keep fighting in every game we play.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads here, so we’ve just got to get a little bit fitter in some areas and become more clinical in others. I think if we do that then we’ll be alright.”