Macc head coach Daryl McMahon was a frustrated figure at the full time whistle on Saturday after his captain Fiacre Kelleher had a goal ruled out in injury time.
The Silkmen would have taken maximum points if the goalhad stood, but the Irishman was left to ponder what might’ve been after the one-all draw with Colchester United.
“I don’t think it was a fair result with the chances that we had today. We had numerous opportunities in the first half, and I think the goal at the end should of stood.”
“I haven’t watched it back yet but for me it looked like a goal. Kells [Fiacre Kelleher] didn’t smash into the goalkeeper, he’s just jumped up for the ball.”
“It’s frustrating because I genuinely believe that if he jumps up with an outfield player in the manner he did, it would’ve been a goal. I don’t think Kells has put his arm across the goalkeeper, I don’t think it’s a foul. We know that goalkeeper's get a bit more protection, but I really think it should’ve stood.”
The first half was dominated by Macc and the Head Coach felt like the ball was in his court heading into the second period.
However, with good strength in depth Colchester made tactical changes which forced Macc into one of their own, but the Head Coach wasn’t afraid to air his admiration for the Colchester dangermen.
“I’ll have to see Colchester’s goal again. Theo Robinson is one of the best performers at this level and he’s a very good player.”
“From our perspective they got in behind too many times on that left side and for the goal we didn’t defend that well, its probably the only time in the game that I can say that about us.”
“At half time we felt that there wasn’t much to change, and that Colchester were the ones who might have to change things up. As we predicted, they did change when they brought on Courtney Senior, so we put Brice Ntambwe on to help block up the midfield.”
“I think Senior is one of the best players in the division and he’s certainly their best player in my opinion. He was getting too much of an influence in the game, so I thought we’d get Brice in there with Jay [Harris] to block up the pathways he was working in.”
The Silkmen struggled to conjure any real chances in the second half and Daryl was left to rue his side’s wasted opportunities in the opening period.
“We should’ve scored straight from kick off (with Virgil Gomis) after our goal. We have to capitalise on these chances because they’re good chances, were not talking about speculative efforts – we create really good opportunities.”
“We have to take them. I thought it was a great header from Arthur Gnahoua with good movement to get across the centre half, he’s managed to force a tidy save from their ‘keeper.”
“With chances like that I can forgive us for not scoring but there are other opportunities that we have to finish.”