Kieran O’Hara believes that the never say die attitude in the squad is the reason the Silkmen will stay up in League Two this season.
Danny Whitaker’s 93rd minute strike against Stevenage personified that attitude on Saturday afternoon, giving the Silkmen their just rewards against a team fighting for a play-off place.
Elliott Durrell had given Macc the lead in the first half although the goal was cancelled out almost instantly by the visitors’ Ben Nugent.
Dan Newton thought he had secured three points for the Boro' but Sol Campbell’s side fought until the final whistle to get a well-deserved point.
And after the game, O’Hara told Silkmen TV about how big a result it was for the team.
“It was a huge result especially given the position we’re in at the minute” said O’Hara.
“It’s a massive point given the chances we didn’t take in the first half when we could’ve seen the game out and then to go behind but then bring it back and get the equalizer late on, it was a good feeling.
“I feel like they had their chances throughout the game but we had more chances. We were disappointed not to finish them off in the first-half but I feel they weren’t a massive threat.
“With balls into the box we struggled to deal with them on two occasions and we’ve given them free headers which you can’t afford to do at this level, but apart from that I thought we were tight.
“However, that never say die attitude is something that’s in me and the other lads. There’s always a sense that we won’t be beaten and not getting too down if we concede.
“Every single player in the squad believes that we can stay up and I think it’ll be that belief that keeps us up.”
Despite Danny Whitaker stealing the headlines, O’Hara played a big part in the result too, making and outstanding save in the second half to stop Stevenage’s Makasi as he bore down on goal.
“It was a really important part of the game; we’d just gone 2 - 1 down and they’ve come on the attack again and obviously I just had to stand big and make myself as big as possible.
“I thought about rushing out but I just held my ground and it was the right decision to make the save and ultimately it helped the team get a point.”
Now attentions turn to yet another big clash this weekend as the squad travel to Lincoln City. Both teams have everything to play for although for different reasons. However, despite The Imps sitting pretty at the top of the table, O’Hara says that the squad are full of confidence going into the clash.
“I’m confident going into the Lincon game and the boys are confident too.
“You don’t play any easy games in this league, so to say it’s a tough game is a compliment to them but we had a game against them earlier in the season and we caused them as many problems as they caused us.
“I’ll be looking forward to getting over there. It’s a big game for us but it’s also a big game for them, so we’ve got to go and give a good account of ourselves and I’m confident we can go there and get something.”
By Andrew Gate