Macclesfield Town goal scorer and striker Harry Smith couldn’t hide his frustration at the team’s 1-1 stalemate with Crawley Town last Saturday, but is adament that the fight will go on.
The Silkmen let a 1-0 lead slip for the second successive week as Lewis Young’s 84th minute equaliser cancelled out Smith’s early strike that would have seen Sol Campbell’s team only a point from safety.
Macc’s unbeaten run stretched to three games with the Cheshire side currently trailing Port Vale by three points. However, despite the setback at the Peoples Pension Stadium, Smith added to his goalscoring account with his fourth strike of the season and his second against The Reds Devils.
However, despite another personal landmark, the Macclesfield forward was left disappointed at the teams inability to see out the game and get some much needed points on the board.
He said: “A goal is nice, but I’d rather have not scored and picked up the three points.
“It feels like a loss if I’m honest, probably the first time I’ve walked off a bit deflated. But we’ve got to pick ourselves up. The lads are all devastated in there, looking at the table we are three points adrift – four probably due to our goal difference which just makes next week even bigger.
“We’ve got to go to Bury and look to get three points if I’m honest.”
The draw in West Sussex was the team’s third consecutive stalemate and the second straight occasion where Macc have let a first-half lead slip - which Smith believes is something the Silkmen have to cut out if they are to avoid the drop.
“We’ve been one nil up a few times, and we’ve let ourselves down within the first five minutes of the second half”, added Smith.
“So, we said in the first 10-15 minutes just steady the ship which I thought we did. But if we had come in at half-time 2-0 which I feel we should have then it’s a different game.
“But we couldn’t get the second goal and when your lucks down and the way they’ve score their goal it’s just typical.”
It was another affair in which the Silkmen dominated the opening half and went in at the break in the ascendancy.
The reverse fixture at the Moss Rose saw Macc control proceedings and the away match on Saturday brought similar bearings with Smith believing the hosts second-half performance didn’t overwhelm the Silkmen.
“We got into good areas, but we didn’t capitalise on those areas we were in”, Smith continued.
“I thought as much they liked to bomb the ball up to their big man, we were quite comfortable.
“Kieran [O’Hara] didn’t have much to do never had to make an unbelievable save or anything. As much as they were bombarding us, I didn’t think we were under that much pressure goal wise.
“When your lucks down, it’s just typical. We’ve got to work as hard as we possibly can this week. If we got a result today, we could have gone down to Bury as a bit of a free hit - a point there we’d take that - but now we have to go there and win as the result here has changed what next week brings so we’ve got to go there and win the game.”
With only twelve games to play in a hectic season, the matches continue to come thick and fast with some tough tasks lying ahead for Campbell and the players. However, despite recent setbacks Smith believes the team have the quality to get out of it.
“They done a number on us at home and they’re flying high. We’ve got a tough run of games let’s not forget that. MK Dons still to play as well as Exeter so we’ve got to look to pick up results at every game we play.”
“The Manager is devastated, like us. There’s nothing really he can say, we all know, we’re all hurting. Two massive points dropped. We can’t afford to allow teams to climb away from us. If we fall six, seven or even eight points behind it might be too much so we’ve got to start winning games”