Macclesfield’s Miles Welch-Hayes said that he and his teammates were left feeling disappointed after their Carabao Cup defeat to Grimsby Town on Tuesday night.
The match finished goalless but the home side’s captain, goalkeeper James McKeown, became the hero as he saved the decisive spot-kick as Grimsby won the shoot-out 5 - 4.
“We started the match off really well. We could have been a bit better in the second half but we had a few chances in the first period” said Welch-Hayes.
“We didn’t take them and it went to penalties, where luck wasn’t with us today for this big game that we all wanted to win.
"We put our hearts on the line and it’s unfortunate because we fought to the end” the young defender said.
Connor Kirby missed the deciding penalty for Macclesfield but given the nature of penalty kicks, Miles noted that it wasn’t his fault.
“Penalties are all about luck so you can’t blame somebody for missing one and we’ll all stick together. He’s not at fault.
"We can all blame ourselves because we could have won the game in ninety minutes. Nobody should feel disheartened, it’s down to the whole team to win the game.”
The Silkmen’s next fixture is away to Swindon Town on Saturday, before we travel to Grimsby once again, to face them in the league on the 21st September.
“We want to win that one even more now. They’ve beaten us tonight so now we have more motivation to come here and get the three points."
"We’ve got to move on and focus on the league. We’ve still got the FA Cup as well and our main focus now turns to Saturday against Swindon.”