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Mark: "A Draw Was A Fair Result"

10 February 2020

The Silkmen claimed a crucial draw at The Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday, as Jacob Blyth's injury-time strike secured a share of the spoils against Leyton Orient.

Leyton Orient took the lead through James Brophy with fifteen minutes to play, and the hosts looked set to see the game out before Blyth's late strike.

It was Blyth’s first goal for the club since joining the Silkmen in the summer. After the game Media Manager Bob Trafford caught up with Head Coach Mark Kennedy to capture his thoughts -

“I thought a draw was a fair result and Orient played well in the first half and caused us problems without really hurting us. In the first half our football was decent, but I was really pleased with the second half performance.”

“Our end product in the final third was poor and we worked really, really hard on it in terms on what we’re doing in training and the players we’ve bought in to enhance that.” 

“In terms of us on the ball I thought we were solid and decent, we played good football. Again, we got into the final third really well but it’s what we did there isn’t at the level that I want.”

“The group are phenomenal, the togetherness, desire, the will to win and the team spirit is absolutely unbelievable. That alone gives us magnificent chance to be successful and they’ve got it in abundance.”

The Silkmen took the game to Orient at the beginning of the second half, with Shilow Tracey in particular impressing down the right flank.

Tracey made his debut at the game, we asked Mark on his opinion about his performance -

“I thought he did really well today in his first game, he’s a huge threat and he does so well in beating players.”

Macclesfield also announced the signing of Donovan Wilson prior to kick off, Mark gave his thoughts on the debut from the former Wolves striker, he said:

“He can play anywhere upfront and he’s a very, very talented player. Technically he’s very good and he’s also very quick.

"It’s an unbelievable learning curve for him because he cost us the first goal and he nearly broke my foot when I kicked the side!

"I was really frustrated with that and it’s a massive welcome to big boys’ football, but what I really liked about him was his character to not get disheartened.”

“I’m really pleased for him that he impacted the game because he's got the opportunity to really get himself involved.”

Jacob Blyth’s goal was what secured the Silkmen the point and Mark was really impressed with the strike –

“It was top drawer, he's an amazing kid - an ultimate professional and he’s intelligent enough to see that he has to be patient at the minute because Joe Ironside has been unbelievable for us.

"He comes in everyday to try and better himself.”

Finally, Mark paid tribute to all the behind-the-scenes work which is done at the club and stated how important that is to the whole -

“At Macclesfield here were such a connected club and what people don’t see here is that we’re so hard-working.

"For example Bob, you’re Head of Media, but you also do three or four other jobs to get the club to where it is and it’s all so humble and down to earth.

"It’s an amazing family club and it's going somewhere positive.”


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