Macclesfield’s Carabao Cup run came to a heart-breaking end in Lincolnshire, after the Silkmen suffered defeat on penalties to Grimsby Town last Tuesday.
The game finished goalless, but Head Coach Daryl McMahon was left to think of what could’ve been had his side built upon their first half dominance.
“We had some really good opportunities in the first half, Grimsby had their's in the second. I thought our build up play today was terrific, and we moved the ball around very well.
“We couldn’t get the goal in the first half and they had one cleared off the line by Kells [Kelleher] after the break, but I thought we dominated the ball against a good side.
“I think it was a case of both teams trying to win the game. However, I said to the boys at the end that when you have so much dominance in a game, you have to find a way to turn it into goals.
“I say that because you can’t expect to have the same control after half time, so you have to be clinical when you’re on top.”
Many of the head coach’s young side found themselves in unfamiliar territory when the penalty shootout beckoned, but McMahon lauded his players bravery and declared that they will grow from it.
“The players have learnt a lot tonight. We’ve came here again and put in a really good performance; we’ve kept a clean sheet and we haven’t lost the game in normal time.
“However, some of the players have been in an environment that they’ve never been in before. The lads have had to face a penalty shootout in front of a decent crowd.
“The dreaded walk you’ve got to make from the half-way line and the horrible feeling of losing, it’s all something that the players will learn and grow from.