It was heartbreak for Macclesfield Town yesterday, as a last-minute goal consigned The Silkmen to a 2-1 defeat at the Moss Rose against Swindon Town.
It was a bitter blow in a game which The Silkmen controlled for large parts but Tyrone Marsh’s first goal of the season was cancelled out by the visitors Marc Richards and Jak McCourt's later winner made that sure Macc didn’t extend their unbeaten home record to five games.
However, Manager Sol Campbell has called for the players to regroup and go again for the rest of the season after the disappointment.
“We played really well.” Said Campbell.
“We started brightly, and we could’ve had another goal, but we had to be a bit sharper and a bit stronger in some areas.
“It’s disappointing to lose like that, we should’ve seen this game out really and game management is high on my list of priorities.
“From our free kick we should really be seeing the game out and being professional about it.
“He (Tyrone Marsh) got a good connection on his goal and its gone in, so I’m pleased for him, he’s worked his socks off and it’s got a good goal but the main thing for me is the follow up because we’ve created easier chances to get that second goal and kill the game off and we’ve not done that and that’s what’s really held us back.
“I think we’ve got to realise that every game is a cup final, we’ve got to regroup and go again but we’ve got ourselves in a fantastic position and we should’ve seen the game out.”
The festive period has taken its toll on the Macclesfield squad. Injuries and suspensions left Campbell with a threadbare squad to choose from on Saturday and a nasty challenge on Ryan Lloyd forced the midfielder off the pitch was the last news staff, players and fans alike would’ve wished to see.
However, the silver lining of the January transfer window offers the Manager the chance to add some much-needed new faces to the squad and he says that although he needs some reinforcements the current group need to see games out.
“It is what it is. After a heavy Christmas period we’ve been depleted in numbers so that’s not helping, we have to get some bodies, and everybody seems to be getting injured from tackles and it’s not helping us.
“The main thing is for me is the game management we’ve got to see the games out.
“You’ve got this heavy period and yes we haven’t got enough players to rotate and we’ve had to deal with it.
“We’ve had a heavy period with tough games for us and we’ve lost a lot of players and it put pressure on the rest of the squad, but the most important thing is game management.
“I think we’ve got to assess Ryan (Lloyd) and I’ll talk to the physio. I don’t know right now how long he’ll be out for but hopefully it’s not too bad - but it could be.
“It was a bad tackle and there’s a real possibility he may not play next week.
“I think the main thing is we’ve got this January and opportunities to replenish the squad. We’ll have a couple of days off, regroup and well go again.
“That’s all you can do go again and the main thing we need to do is learn from this. We were in control of the scenario and then lost control we should be able to see the game out and use our intelligence.”
By Andrew Gate