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Stephens: "We Have Got To Take As Many Positives As We Can"

6 August 2019

Despite his side suffering defeat to Exeter City in their first League Two fixture of the season, Macclesfield Town midfielder Ben Stephens was optimistic after the game.

“We believe we played well out there so I think we’ve got to take as many positives as we can.

"We were happy with what we did and had a few chances. I had one blocked off the line which was unlucky, but it was a good save.”

Macclesfield were the better team in the opening 45 minutes and Exeter keeper Lewis Ward had to make a couple of smart saves to keep the game goalless, going into the break.

“We got in a few times (in the first half) but it just wasn’t really clicking for us out there so we were disappointed at half-time” said Stephens.

The Silkmen defended well throughout, but were undone by a fortuitous 88th minute winner from Exeter’s Ryan Bowman.

“I think we were the better side and should have taken a point. Conceding the late goal was disappointing for us” Stephens said.

One thing that was clearly on display during the game on Saturday was the team-spirit shown by Stephens and his fellow team-mates.

“We’ve got very good lads. We all want to work hard because that’s what you need to get out of this league, to believe in yourself and go for the jugular.”

Macclesfield take on Leyton Orient next, at Moss Rose and Stephens is very much looking forward to playing at home for the first time this season -

“Although we lost today, we go again on Saturday. I can’t wait. I’m buzzing for it.”

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