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Mark: "Every Game Is A Cup Final"

3 February 2020

Macclesfield Town suffered their second home league defeat of the 2019/20 season on Saturday, as Northampton Town’s Callum Morton’s second half finish was enough for the visitors to take all three points.

We spoke with Head Coach Mark Kennedy after the game, to gain his post-match thoughts -

“It was a horrible game for many reasons, but we knew what to expect coming into it and I certainly wont criticise anyone's style of play. All we have to do is focus on how we play, and it was always going to be a really tough game.”

“I’m disappointed because you don’t want to lose games of football but again, we had a really good chance in the first half to get our noses in front. I’m really pleased with the effort and commitment from the team and that’s all we can ask from them.”

Ben Stephens produced a delightful cross that was knocked down to the feet of the Connor Kirby inside the box, but he was denied his first goal of the season in the Silkmen’s first chance of the game.

“The message at half time was clear, we said that we were going to have to change the system to five at the back to adjust to the elements and Northampton’s style of play.”

“We need to better in our decision making, technique and what we’re going to do to other teams." 

“Its frustrated that we react to the game when we go a goal down, but I can’t knock the work ethic of the team its phenomenal. When we look at the physical stats after the game its again absolutely phenomenal.”

“When we played Forest Green I said to the lads before the game that their striker will jump into you even if you don’t touch him and fall to the ground, in the second half he did so to Corey O’Keefe, and he got a penalty. He’s had eight penalties this year, so we need to be cleverer like that, I’m not asking for our players to dive but I’m asking them to recognise what were up against in the dark arts of the game.”

In the second half Mark brought on Jacob Blyth and Michael Rose to make an impact, we asked him on his decision to make the changes -

“We had to try something, and I thought bringing on Jacob would help us with two big men up front and getting runners off the back of them.”

With the transfer window shut we asked Mark on if he was looking to add any more players to squad to help the Silkmen push on the second half of the season –

“As you’ve seen already, we’ve got Shilow Tracey coming in on Monday which I’m really excited about and I’m chuffed to bits to get him because I worked so hard with Tottenham to get him.”

“We’ve also got somebody else coming in but until the deals done and dusted, we’ll have to let you know! We’ve got two more players coming in who are going to be really exciting and get the fans on the edge of their seats.”

“I’m really pleased that the players we have got are the ones that I wanted, and they fit the style of play that I’m aiming towards this season.”

“Every game is a cup final and that’s not because of the position of where we are. We’ve got through an incredibly difficult set of games recently and the next two will be equally as difficult.”

 

 

 


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