The Silkmen’s latest triumph over Port Vale in Sky Bet League Two didn’t come before a first half scare where Macc fell behind to John Askey’s men.
A Ritchie Bennett opener buoyed the large following of Valiants, however Arthur Gnahoua’s volleyed equaliser and Paddy Osadebe’s close range winner ensured that the travelling contingent would return home empty handed.
However, despite head coach Daryl McMahon’s warnings before kick off, Macc conceded a goal to Port Vale’s set piece prowess when Bennett headed home David Worrall’s free kick.
He said: “It was a very good performance from us again. We played some great football and we were clinical with the chances we had in their box.”
“We had a number of set pieces, particularly in the first half where we had eight or nine corners, so we put Port Vale under a lot of pressure.”
“But we conceded a silly goal and its really poor from our point of view because we spoke before the game about how good Port Vale are at set pieces. They’re a very tall side and none more so than Ritchie Bennett who was the man to put us behind.”
Despite heading into the break level and in a good spell of dominance, Daryl was pleased to have the chance to talk to his players at half time. It was clear that Macc’s pace in wide areas troubled Vale as seen when Gnahoua volleyed Corey O’Keeffe’s cross into the net, so the head coach chose to direct their play onto the wings throughout the second period.
Daryl said: “We had a good first half but there were things that I thought we needed to get better at aswell. We spoke to the boys about those things at half time because it was difficult to tell them what we wanted when out on the pitch due to the noise today.”
“We got in at the break and sorted ourselves out, we spoke how we needed to be moving the ball quicker to the wide positions where Corey [O’Keeffe] and Theo [Archibald] were playing.”
“In the second half I thought we were effective in doing that and we saw how talented of a player Theo Archibald really is. He’s developing nicely along with some of the other young players.”
“However, he’s got to be a bit more consistent now with his performances and to be fair, I think Theo has put together two or three good showings over the past few weeks already. Hopefully he can continue his form.”
Macc’s equaliser was the cherry on top of another brilliant performance for striker Arthur Gnahoua. His goal against the Valiants followed another superb strike last time out at Cambridge United, and Daryl was quick to praise Arthur’s influence after joining the club late in the summer transfer window.
He said: “Arthur [Gnahoua] has given us something different that I don’t think we had before his arrival. He’s got strength aswell as pace to get up against centrebacks and fullbacks and take them on in 1-on-1 situations.”
“It’s another great finish from Arthur and it’s off his left foot this time after his excellent goal last week. However, I think there is more to come from him to be honest.
“He still needs some more games. He tends to flag up later on in matches which is understandable because he’s not had much of a preseason. But he’s getting better and better every day and he’s a top lad, he brings something different to the dressing room.”