Jonathan Mitchell pointed to a disappointing first half as the reason behind the Silkmen’s derby day defeat to Crewe Alexandra last Saturday.
In his post-match interview, the Derby loanee goalkeeper expressed his frustration at not giving the travelling fans something to cheer about.
He said: “We’re gutted, you never want to lose any game, but it makes it a bit worse that it was a derby. The first half just wasn’t good enough from us.
"We were a bit more positive in the second half, but that first half just wasn’t acceptable, and the gaffer made that clear to us. We’re an honest group of lads and we knew it wasn’t good enough.
"But we tried being positive after half time and we tried to get back into the game. The fans could’ve turned on us but they stuck by us, unfortunately we couldn’t get a result for them.”
The Silkmen are back in action on Saturday against Salford at the Moss Rose, and Mitchell hopes that they can continue to make their stomping ground a fortress for the remainder of the season.
Jonny said: “Moving forward, we should never play out a first half like that again as it was completely unacceptable.
"We need to believe in ourselves a bit more, we need to stick together and hopefully we’ll get some positive results and put more points on the board.
"At home we’re difficult to beat and our record shows that, we need to keep it as a fortress.
"There’s still a long way to go this season so hopefully they’ll stick by us and be the twelfth man out on the pitch.”