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Daryl: "We Showed Great Character"

7 October 2019

Macc’s rollercoaster encounter with Cambridge United resulted in the spoils being shared despite the Silkmen finding themselves in both losing and winning positions in the game.

After falling behind in the first half to a sensational Jack Roles strike, Macc fought back in the second period thanks to two quickfire goals from Theo Archibald and Arthur Gnahoua just after the hour mark.

Although eventually conceding to a Sam Smith header to level the game, Head Coach Daryl McMahon hailed his sides reaction to falling behind against a dangerous Cambridge side.

“I thought we reacted well to going behind. They came out the blocks fast and they haven’t got a great home record so far, they probably looked at us and thought this game could kickstart their season.”

“However, we showed great character after going 1-0 down to build ourselves into the game and I thought we used our possession well in particular. Cambridge are a good side with some great players and we influenced how they played as we grew into the game.”

“I thought the first half was a little nip and tuck but in the second period we really got into the match.”

It was in that second half that Macc stormed into a lead but not before yet another superb Theo Archibald goal. The ball fell to the Scotsman outside the box and he rifled home his fourth goal in all competitions this season, and Daryl was quick to praise the youngster.

“It’s a terrific strike from Theo [Archibald] and we know he’s got that in his locker. He’s hitting a rich vein of form right now with a few goals and he’s playing really well on top of that.”

“He probably should’ve scored in the first half, but I thought his performance today was outstanding.”

“Theo’s reaction to missing that chance pleased me because it not something that he’s probably done in the last month or so, I think he’s grown up a bit.”

The result left Macc sitting in 16th place in the Sky Bet League Two, but with just six points separating the Silkmen and the play off positions, Daryl challenged his side to pick up their home performances ahead of this weekends local derby.

“Both teams really tried to win and had a go. It was very open but a little too open at times, it could’ve given me and Colin [Calderwood, Cambridge United head coach] a heart attack at any moment!”

“Most importantly we were going for that win and that’s something that we want to continue going forward. I see it as one point gained, it always will be.”

“Our home form has to be better; we are 10th in the league table based on home performances so that’s something that we need to tidy up.”

“We’re looking to put that right against Port Vale on Saturday which we’re really looking forward to. John Askey will be coming back and he’s bringing a good side, so its going to be a tough game but one that we will relish.”

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