Macclesfield’s Reice Charles-Cook says his side have “the potential to do well in everything we do" following a slender 3-2 defeat to Port Vale in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.
“I thought that the boys played well because some of them haven’t played a lot of football” said the goalkeeper.
"We started off well but fell away which is disappointing.
"Vale put out a decent team tonight and to only lose 3-2 wasn’t bad. We’re disappointed but you’ve got to look at the positives like getting minutes under the belt.”
The hosts took the lead at Moss Rose when Charles-Cook set up Joe Ironside, but were pegged back before half-time through an equaliser from former Macclesfield player, Scott Burgess.
“If KDB (Kevin de Bruyne) made the pass I did people would be going mad over it but because it was me, everybody’s gonna think it was a shank!
"For their equaliser, I wasn’t expecting ‘Burgey’ to hit it on his left-foot. It was a good strike from the lad and I’m sure that he was buzzing to score.”
The visitors scored twice more following the interval but even then, the home side had chances to get back into the game.
“We need to be more ruthless as it’s happening in the league as well. We’re creating the chances, we just need to demand these higher standards of each other.”
Macclesfield pulled one back in stoppage-time, courtesy of a stunning long-range effort from Theo Archibald, which understandably, impressed his fellow teammate.
“He’s got the ability, we just need him to produce it more often because he’s a quality footballer" noted the 25-year-old.
On Saturday, the Silkmen face Colchester United, fresh from knocking Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening and Charles-Cook is looking forward to it.
“I’m sure they’re buzzing about tonight but it’s time for us to end their parade. That’s exactly what we’ve got to do.”
By Richard Phelps