Connor Kirby declared Northampton Town’s rugged game plan as one of the reason why the Silkmen fell to defeat against the League Two high-fliers on Saturday.
With the ball in the air for most of the game, the Macc midfield struggled to get the ball down and play football, which made the game tough to play in says the on-loan midfielder.
Connor said: “We’re disappointed because we put so much work into the game. We conceded from a set piece which they’re really good at, it’s one of their strengths.”
"Northampton made it horrible for us, we wanted to play football, but they came here with a game plan and we dealt with it for so long until we conceded from the corner.
"We’re not really used to the ball being in the air for most of the game, we all want to play football. When the ball is in the air all of the time it can make it a horrible game to play in. We want to create chances by keeping it on the floor so it’s frustrating.”
The game could’ve been vastly different if Kirby’s first half effort wasn’t scrambled off the line by the Cobblers' defence, but Connor remains hopeful of adding a new string to his bow.
He said: “I’ve been a bit unlucky recently, I’ve come close to scoring a few times and it’s just not come off yet. But hopefully I can add a few goals to my game.
I"f it had gone in, it would’ve changed the game massively. We’d have been on the front foot with the possibility of creating more chances and scoring more goals.”
Macc now face two tough away trips to Leyton Orient and Morecambe as the season nears crunch time in the bottom half of the table.
However, Connor believes that the togetherness of the group will continue to drive the players through tough periods, starting in the capital on Saturday.
He said: “There’s a lot of togetherness in the group, we’ve been up and down all season and we keep getting pushed back for whatever reason but there’s a real togetherness in the changing room.
"We’ll give it our all on the pitch, everyone is committed to the game, we’re all fighting for each other. We will get through it and we hope to pick up some points on the road.”