Macclesfield Town bounced back from a disappointing afternoon on Saturday, with a spirited performance against high flying Newport County.
Daryl McMahon oversaw his Silkmen face The Exiles and his pride was echoed by the fact he thought that Macc deserved maximum points from the game.
“We got the reaction that we wanted after the performance last Saturday. We knew coming into this set of fixtures with Swindon, Newport and away at Grimsby that they would be a very difficult set of games for us.”
“They are very good sides who will be definitely looking for promotion, but I thought our performance today was superb. I’m really proud of the performance and for about 95 minutes we’ve been outstanding, it’s something that we can really build on.”
“I thought we deserved all three points. We had numerous good chances, especially on the counter attack with the raw speed we had.”
“Corey O’Keeffe got in some really good positions, as did Paddy [Osadebe] with some great chances aswell. Ben Stephens had a chance at the end but it was blocked – we had plenty of chances tonight. As long as we continue to create chances then we’ll be fine.”
McMahon chose to reshuffle his pack and he gave full league debuts to Virgil Gomis and Arthur Gnahoua, who impressed the boss on the night. However, the head coach demanded consistency from his team in order for them to really progress.
“My message at half time to the lads was that we’ve been a 45/60 minute team but I want us to be a team that can go the full 90 minutes. I thought second half we were really good and as the game went on, we got stronger.”
“I thought we looked really effective on the counter attack, we looked really quick. We had a change of personnel tonight and I thought Arthur [Gnahoua] had an excellent game, Virgil [Gomis] came in and gave us real speed to get down the sides and he was brilliant too.”
“I want these players to go and build on this now, it can’t be a flash in the pan. It’s got to be consistent to if you want to become a really good player”.
One player that continues to perform for Macc is midfielder Paddy Osadebe, whose equaliser helped to gain a point for the Silkmen. In his post match interview, McMahon recognised the Irishman’s ability and challenged him to improve further.
“I thought Paddy [Osadebe] was really good, and to be honest I thought he was one of the only players who came out of Saturday with any real credit.”
“He kept playing, kept probing and believing in himself when the game was really gone. He’s a player with huge potential, and he’s got to keep working hard to get to the level that he knows he can reach.”
“Paddy has got all the tools to become a top player, he’s just got to perfect his few deficiencies and he’ll become a top player for us.”