Sol Campbell stressed that his Macclesfield side need to start taking their chances if they’re going to pick up results after the Silkmen’s 3-1 defeat away to Mansfield Town yesterday.
Macclesfield were made to pay for their profligacy when second-half goals from Krystian Pearce and Tyler Walker sent Mansfield on their way to victory, despite the Silkmen looking the better side for much of the contest
Campbell was disappointed with how his side began proceedings and how they were unable to convert their dominance into a result.
“We started very slow. We weren’t tracking our runners, Kieran makes a good save but the rebound falls to the scorer. We should have really tracked our runners and helped the ball on.
“We got back into the game, but then it’s all bout the two boxes. We should really be a bit more switched on with our set plays and we really need to work the keeper a bit more with our chances when it’s 1-1.
“We responded really well. We started playing a bit more, but we can play more than that. They’re at the top, looking for promotion and we gave them a really good game, but it just came down to chances and if we had a bit more sharpness up front then it would have been a different score. We hit the post as well so.
“We had our chances in the second-half. We should have stuck them all away and put the game out of sight. We really need to be a lot cooler in front of goal, we should have been a bit sharper.
“Also the disappointing thing for me is that the players weren’t switched on for the set-plays, they weren’t amazing set-plays. We lost our men from time to time and it cost us a goal.
“All in all, we started really slowly in this game and I was a little bit disappointed in that. We got back into it but it’s just the boxes – the two boxes. Our set-plays we needed to be on it and in front of goal we needed to be cooler because we would have won the game.”
The Silkmen boss praised Saturday’s opponents but felt that his team held their own against a side that are battling it out for promotion.
“They all count, and we lost the game but that’s how it is. Good luck to Mansfield in their fight for the title and their promotion charge, but really we have to look at ourselves and say we’ve played a top team and we really should have come away with something.
“We’ve got to put this behind us, big time. The main thing is we’re creating chances, but we just have to stick them away.
“I want a little bit more, because we had the chances and they’re a top team – if they had our chances they would have won 5-1, and that’s it really. We’ve created some fantastic opportunities, but we just need to be cooler in front of goal.”
Macclesfield were without main striker Harry Smith and Koby Arthur, however Campbell was adamant that the absence of both players was no excuse for why his side didn’t convert their opportunities.
“They’re both injured. Koby’s thigh and Harry’s hamstring. Harry is a big part of us but again, we had the chances to win the game, it’s simple as that.
“We’re creating chances but we just need to stick them away. That’s the pleasing thing for us is that we are creating the chances, we just need that little bit more composure in front of goal.
“We’re working hard with the guys to make sure they’re a lot cooler in front of goal. We just need to calm the mind, be cool and collected and for me if both guys put it in the corner then the keeper has no chance. We’ve just got to keep working on the field, keep working hard, make sure we look at every single detail.
“Because we all get our chances in the game, just we as a team need to be more ruthless in front of goal. We need to make sure the keeper has no chance. Honestly, if they had our chances then we would be losing 5-1, the game should have been put out of reach.”
There were debuts for two of the Silkmen’s January transfer acquisitions with both Brice Ntambwe and Botti Biabi making their first appearance.
The duo came on as second-half substitutes and Campbell was pleased with what he seen from the pair.
“I think Brice played really well, he broke up the tackles and he gives us that physical presence and he is a good passer and I quite like that.
“Botti had just came on the Friday so he’s feeling his way into the side and we’ve got some more guys to come on as well.
“We’re building a team, we’re building a strong team and we’ve got a lot to learn. We have to learn from this type of result and we’ve just got to be more ruthless in front of goal. We need to be a bit more determined in our half, especially set-plays because we’ve let in sloppy goals.
Campbell was aggrieved in the manner of which his side conceded, with set-pieces being an aspect his Silkmen side focus on weekly.
Despite the result, and the hampered training preparations, the Macclesfield manager is ready to push on for the rest of the season and was grateful for the excellent following support at the One Call stadium yesterday.
“It’s not like they’ve fashioned an amazing free-kick, we’ve just not tracked our runners.
“It would help rather not training on the astro but on grass, because that hampered our training this week. But it is what it is and you’ve just got to make do and get on with it, try to get the best out of it and we’ll do that.
“It’s a long season, we need to learn from this type of result and when we get our chances just be cooler in front of goal.”
“Great support from all the fans to come here and support the team. We always need those guys supporting and travelling with us, it’s a shame we couldn’t get a result".