The Silkmen drew against one-all Bradford City at the weekend in our Sky Bet League Two fixture. The Moss Rose saw Jak McCourt’s first half penalty cancelled out by James Vaughan second half equaliser. After the game, we caught up with Head Coach Daryl McMahon for his post-match thoughts –
“It was a tough game against a very good side, we keep our unbeaten run at home going. I’m pleased with the effort from the players.
“Everyone in the league knows we’re a tough place to come, and the big sides we’ve played against here I believe we have played well against them.
“I thought we were outstanding today; I believe they have done a fantastic job at Bradford and they have some really good players. We fight hard, we work hard, and we have pride in our performance.”
Fraser Horsfall was unlucky in the game to see his back-post header just miss the back of the net. We asked Daryl about Macc’s chances in the draw.
“We’ll always create chances we have the players and the speed and very good young players. From set pieces we can be a threat from the delivery, but I feel that in the first half Bradford did dominant however we grew into the game.”
Macclesfield went 1-0 up in the first half hour thanks to Jak McCourt’s penalty that beat the Bradford keeper.
Daryl said: “I couldn’t really see the call from where I wad but we’ll take it! It was a great run from Corey who had mostly been defending in that part of the game. It was similar to the Scunthorpe game where he got forward and attacked in the opponent’s half.
“We grew into the game; we were far better in the second half apart from the score line of course!”
James Vaughan’s equaliser was a blow to Macc which came from a set piece, Daryl said: “It was a great header from James, I will watch it back to see how he got into that position and also how the free kick was given away too. These things happen and we get chances after to win the game.
“Everyone knows simply that I want to win games of football, we have the players to do that as well.”
Just before the final whistle Conor Kirby was unlucky to see his second yellow of the game. We asked Daryl about Kirby’s sending off, he said: “I think Conor’s been great for me this season, he’s competitive, aggressive and a real winner. During this loan spell he has grown into a man, these things happen in Football and especially in his position.”
“In playing Bradford City, a side who will probably win promotion this season, I’ll be surprised if they don’t. Garry has done a great job, they have about 14,000 fans at their home games! It’s a massive football club and we’re in essence a small club in this league and were competing with everyone and I’m really proud of that.”