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Daryl: "We're Still Learning"

2 September 2019

After the draw against Stevenage, Daryl McMahon spoke how his young side are still learning the finer details of playing consistently at first team level.

Ben Stephens and Joe Ironside bagged goals on the way to the Silkmen claiming their 10th point of the season, but the Head Coach spoke how the players are just starting their football journey.

“Owen made two brilliant saves in the first 15 minutes, but we spoke about breaking the half into three fifteen-minute periods to help us manage the game better. I don’t think we managed the first fifteen well enough, I thought we gave them too many opportunities.”

“I thought in the second fifteen we were better where we got the goal, and again in the last third of the half we were good because we nullified them. We went into half time fairly happy with the work we did.”

“However, there was spells in the game where Stevenage were on top and we became too emotional instead of being cold and doing our jobs properly. I will keep saying it; we’ve got a really young team in terms of the games they’ve played.”

“In this journey they are on, they will learn so much. The quicker they learn little details such as not getting carried away in the emotion, the quicker we will become a really strong team.”

Macc took the lead but soon found themselves pegged behind in the second half, and McMahon explained how the Silkmen did well to deal with Boro’s strength in depth.

“I thought we played too deep, too early. We invited pressure onto us too early in the game, we didn’t get behind them and create chances enough either.”

“But let’s not kid ourselves, Stevenage are a really good side and the league table may say otherwise, but they’ve got some terrific players.”

“They’ve got strength on the bench with the likes of Newton and Taylor, but I’m sure we’ll look back on this draw and see that it was a really good point.”

The Head Coach also revealed how his side are not at the level expected yet, after finding themselves in the unfamiliar position of having less of the ball.

“Often this season we’ve been the team that has the majority of the possession, but today was probably the first time we didn’t have more of the ball than the opposition.”

“We have to learn the off-the-ball side of the game, staying patient and staying in your shape and remaining calm.”

“Then we’ll be able to pick teams off, and it something that we will continue to learn because were not there yet.”

 


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