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Daryl: "We Could Have Won It"

9 September 2019

Daryl McMahon was forced to settle for a point against Crawley on Saturday, after Theo Vassell’s tap-in was cancelled out by a stunning Bez Lubala free-kick.

However despite being pegged back to take a draw, the Head Coach remained positive about his side’s drive to out-smart Crawley Town after the visitors changed their system.

“We worked on our attacking transitions this week because we thought that would be a way that we could expose them and we carried it out really well particularly in the first half.”

“Paddy Osadebe and Connor Kirby made things happen and they drove forward well, Joe Ironside was good in holding up the ball and Ben Stephens was clever when getting into pockets of space in the first half.”

“In the second half it was more difficult, they changed shape to a 4-4-2 with two big men up front which altered the game and made it a little bit tougher. In the last fifteen minutes we came back into the game and we were the team to go for that grandstand finish.”

“We possibly could of nicked it with some good crosses into the box and shots cross the face of goal, but it’s a point on the board and we move forward.”

McMahon also hailed his side’s own adaptability after they too changed to a different formation which helped to put Macc back in the game.

“We changed shape to a 4-3-3 and I thought we had a bigger impact in the game when we played in it, it was the same when we moved into that formation against Stevenage last week.”

“We got players forward quicker and managed to get them around the strikers quicker. We had some good opportunities and I thought Arthur Gnahoua came on and did well again.”

“We had a good finish and I think it was a nice way to go home with us being the team trying to win the game.”

Theo Archibald and Ben Stephens came close to doubling the Silkmen’s advantage shortly before the equaliser, but the Head Coach admitted that The Red Devils are no pushovers.

“I thought we were good value for the draw. We got into good areas and we hit some shots over the bar, but I thought in terms of dominating the ball we were really good.”

“They’ve gone to Leyton Orient last week and scored three so they’re a good side. You always want the three points but again on reflection, we take the point and carry on to the next game.”  


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