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Mark: "I Expected An Incredibly Tough Game"

24 February 2020

The Silkmen were edged-out of the Cheshire derby against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon, with two first half strikes proving to be decisive.

After the game the media caught up with Head Coach Mark Kennedy for his post-match thoughts –

“I expected an incredibly tough game, I’m a big fan of Crewe and a huge fan of their manager. They’re very good players, but we really gave them a helping hand and had a good couple of chances.”

“We did well in the second half, their keeper pulled off some good saves. We just need to put the ball in the back of the net. We keep on giving ourselves a mountain to climb. Two goals down at half time it’s a big ask to get three goals in the second half and win.”

Over 500 Silkmen faithful made it down to Crewe on Saturday, we asked Mark on his thoughts about the support –

“I’m absolutely gutted for them because our players come out every week and give it everything they have.

"They’re a huge credit to the club, but at half-time they got boo-ed off the pitch and I asked the players on how that makes them feel. I told them that only they can correct that by going out there in the second half and improving.”

“It’s an apology to the fans from me because the two goals that we give away were not acceptable.”

With a week’s break till the next game we asked Mark on how he and his team will prepare for the next time out in the league –

“We’ll do what we do every week, we’ll work really hard and re-visit the things that we have been working on.

"We leave no stone unturned to get results.

"That was really tough today, but we need to understand where we are as a team and a club.”

It was Mark’s tenth game in charge as Head Coach of Macclesfield Town, we asked him to reflect on his time so far with the club –

“When I took over, we were five points clear of the bottom spot. When you look at our run of games, we should really be bottom but were now eight points clear.

"I’m really pleased in terms of our mid-term plan and in those ten games we’ve played seven top teams. The players deserve a huge amount of credit, they’ve been a credit to the club.

“All that matters this year is us staying up, the mission coming into the job was to stay in the league and we’ve now got a run of games which are very winnable.”

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