Macclesfield Town defender Miles Welch-Hayes believes the Silkmen’s one-all with promotion-chasers Colchester United was an opportunity squandered to move out of the relegation places for the first time since August.
Sol Campbell’s side took the lead through Scott Wilson minutes before half-time to give the hosts the advantage going in at the break, only for the team to concede an equaliser two minutes into the second half – courtesy of a Frank Nouble penalty.
Despite claiming the Man of the Match award for another stellar performance under the former England international, Welch-Hayes believed the failure to claim the three points overshadows any individual honours.
He said: “It’s obviously good to get Man of the Match, but it’s disappointing to not take all the three points because we started the game really well.
“Second half we started slow, we need to stop doing that. If we started the second half better, we would have gone home with the three points.”
It was the Silkmen’s second stalemate in a week following on from the 3 - 3 thriller at home to Crewe and although the hosts dominated the opening half, a number of contentious decisions left Campbell’s team with another draw at the Moss Rose.
Welch-Hayes starred at right-back in the 22-year-old’s sixth consecutive start under his Premier League winning Manager and was very positive about the team taking the game to a side who are battling at the top of the division -
He said: “Some of the free-kicks weren’t given. But that’s football.
“I think we needed to start the second-half much better than we did.
“I think we outplayed them at the start of the game, started sharper and that’s what the gaffer told us to do.
“If we had started brighter in the second-half, then I think we would have been going home with the three points.”
“The Manager said don’t think we’ve won the game and take our foot off the gas. But obviously we gave away an early goal in the second half which killed us a bit.
“At the start of the game we put in a good performance and we played a lot of football, but it was their goal that killed us.”
“Personally, I don’t think it’s a penalty. He’s ran with the ball and stopped to make contact which is quite clever from him. But I don’t’ think it’s a penalty.”
Despite the loss of two crucial points in the fight for survival, it was yet another positive performance in front of the home supporters as the Silkmen ground out another point against the League Two high-flyers and Welch-Hayes believes that results will start to come.
“I’d say two points dropped because we could have won.
“Like I’ve said if we start that second half better then we win that game. They didn’t have many chances and I feel like we outplayed them.”