Macclesfield Town captain Fiacre Kelleher spoke of his disappointment at the result against Exeter City last Saturday and stressed the importance of using the positives to bounce back this weekend.
In his first game as skipper, the Silkmen fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat and Fiacre spoke of the frustration amongst the group after a match which Macc controlled for large periods.
“The lads sitting in there are all disgusted”, he said.
“I think, today, we can take a lot of positives from it. We created a lot of chances and up until the 88th minute I don’t think they caused us too much trouble.
“I think we dealt with them quite well; our shape was good and we passed the ball really well, but again, it is just those fine margins.”
Despite the result, Fiacre was pleased with the team performance, as narrow margins proved to be the difference at St. James’ Park.
“It has taken a little ricochet and it has fallen at his feet, so we are disgusted, but we can be proud of ourselves and the way we played.
“I think we showed some real heart and played some good football at times as well.
“I think Ben had a header at the back post that was cleared off the line, so I think looking forward to next week now we have got to look at being more clinical; because if we are going into half-time one up, the game changes and we can slow things down again.
“But it is all in hindsight, so we will just take the positives in that we kept the ball really well, I thought, and our passing moves created a lot of chances, so they are all positives.”
Ahead of next weekend, Fiacre looked back to the situation last season as an example of a position we do not want to find ourselves in again this campaign and stressed the importance of looking towards gaining a more profitable result against Leyton Orient at the Moss Rose on Saturday.
“It’s massive, massive. I don’t want a situation, and I know the lads don’t want a situation where it keeps building, and that type of tension starts to build if you’re not winning.
“So, we’re in there and we want to get off the mark with a win, and there’s no better place to do it than at home.”
Despite the overall sense of disappointment at the result, our new captain spoke of his pride as he took to the field with the armband for the first time this campaign.
“I was delighted! It was a real privilege.
“I was delighted today to walk the lads out, and I took real pride in that and I am really happy, really happy.”