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Daryl: "We Had To Adjust"

26 August 2019

Daryl McMahon praised his sides ability to grind out a 1-0 against Scunthorpe after surviving a difficult first half.

Joe Ironside’s second half spot kick proved to be the difference and the Head Coach commended The Silkmen’s determination to find a way to win the game.

“It was different game to Tuesday night, where it was a slippery pitch where we could move the ball fast around Morecambe. But today that wasn’t the case and we had to play a little bit differently.”

“I said to them at half time, you always have to find a way to get the win. All the very best football teams need to be able to win one nil at least four or five times a season.”

“When you have that one goal margin, you might need your keeper to make a save or a centre half to put their body on the line. I thought the three at the back today were superb with Jay Harris and Jak McCourt screening in front of them.”   

Macc made the first change to their starting line up since the first game of the season, with Corey O’Keefe replacing Eddie Clarke. McMahon says the change was tactical after he impressed him in training.

“It was a tactical change, we wanted to give Corey a game. He’s trained really well since I’ve come in. He’s a real threat on the right hand side and he provides balance with moving Theo Archibald over to the left.”

“I thought that in the second half he was outstanding, he ran out of legs towards the end but I thought he played really well. It was a great run in the build up to the penalty and it was direct, we talked about being more direct at half time.”

“He’s got good pace and power and he’s a decent size too. I think he can develop into a really good player. But again, its just about believing in himself and putting himself on the front foot which I thought he did in the second half.”

Joe Ironside picked up his first goal in a Macclesfield shirt after enduring a tough start to the season, but the Head Coach recognised the strikers efforts so far this season.

“He’s played well and what Joe does for the team is not the easiest job. He battles, he fights and he keeps the ball alive. Unless you really understand football, you probably won’t see what he does.”

“Joe works ever so hard for us and he provides an outball. I’m pleased he got his goal, he’s deserved that for the last two or three performances. He done the right things, he’s played properly, worked hard and he stays around for extra finishing practice.”

“I always think that if he can keep up those good habits then they will to turn into goals eventually.”

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