The Silkmen’s stoppage time saviour Jacob Blyth caught up with Silkmen TV after a frantic finale at The Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday, and relief was the over-riding emotion for Jacob after scoring his first goal for the club.
“The first thing I though when it went in was that it was about time, I’m sure everyone else was thinking it too!
“Obviously I’m delighted to get my first goal for the club, and it should have happened a long time ago, but chances have been limited because of good performances in certain areas.
“So, it’s just been down to me to be as professional as I can and to put in the extra work off the field and take my chance when I get it.”
Jacob admitted that he has been working hard off the field in his efforts to open his Silkmen account and is looking forward to pushing on and continuing to improve.
“All the graft that you put in off the pitch, doing extras in training, running after every single game because you are on the bench, you know it is just down to you.
“You have got to ask yourself sometimes, how much do you want it?
“When you get to a certain age, you realise that this is something that I wanted, and you put in that extra graft and thankfully today it has paid off, so hopefully there is many more to come!”
With Joe Ironside and Arthur Gnahoua impressing in the forward positions in recent times, Jacob accepts that competition has been stiff, but he hopes his breakthrough will give Head Coach Mark Kennedy something to think about going forward.
“It’s always difficult when you have a tiny squad and you are still not getting a chance but I’ll sit here and hold my hands up, Joey Ironside has been brilliant, he is a very good mate of mine and I will back him all the way.
“But like I said, when you do get a chance like this, you have to take it and hopefully I have stuck in the gaffer’s head now.”
After being introduced with the Silkmen a goal behind, Jacob was pleased with the efforts of the team, which ultimately led to him being presented with the opportunity to snatch our late equaliser.
“Anyone will tell you, as professionals, as soon as you go a goal down if your heads go down you have lost the game – you just can’t do it.
“I thought the lads showed great grit and determination, but we stuck in there and thankfully we got a point today.”
With another crucial fixture away at Morecambe to play tomorrow, Jacob and the team are eager to carry their late momentum into the match and go one further in an attempt to secure all three points.
“Since the gaffer has come in it has been a lot more organised, so credit is due there. We have brought in one or two new faces and that has just put everybody on their toes.
“Everybody wants to work harder and yeah, it’s a big game on Tuesday and we will be going there for the three points, definitely.”