The Silkmen drew 1-1 against Oldham Athletic on Saturday afternoon courtesy of Joe Ironside’s injury-time penalty, shortly after Oldham’s 85th minute strike.
We spoke with Danny Whitaker for his post-match thoughts -
“It was a testing game, but the lads stuck to the job in hand and I believe we were unlucky in the end, but we didn’t lose which is the main thing!”
Following Owen Evans’ departure last week Danny looked upon Reice Charles-Cook to be the man in between the sticks on match day and we asked for his thoughts about hopw he did -
“He did very well, he did every we asked of him. His handling and kicking was good considering the wind which isn’t easy. He did really well today.”
Oldham’s goal came towards the final whistle and initially crushed Macc Town fans, thinking it was the winner.
We asked Danny about how the team responded -
“It’s not easy! From the corner I don’t think we got out to the ball quick enough which allowed the shot unfortunately. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes, and the lads reacted fantastically to get back into the game and we could’ve even won it at the end.”
Macclesfield quickly surged straight up the pitch to win a penalty in the 90th minute following a red card from a blatant hand ball, Danny went on to tell us his commands from the dugout during that period -
“My initial thoughts were that it was a clear hand ball and he was sent off rightly so. I’m pretty certain the referee made the right decision I’ll have to double check, however.
"The lads deserved that, they worked tirelessly all game and I told them to stay on the front foot because at the time we had nothing to lose and that’s exactly what we did.”
Ironside’s penalty then sent the home fans into joy as a point was rescued for the Silkmen -
”I was a little bit nervous but I didn’t have any doubt when Joe stepped up. I’m delighted for him to tuck it away because he’s worked his socks off and it’s not easy playing up front on your own. He’s been magnificent.”
“We possibly could’ve won the game in the end; the pitch isn’t easy to play on in these conditions and it’s a shame that that last chance didn’t go in but that’s football sometimes and it doesn’t always go the way that you want it.”
“In terms of defending we did magnificent, the lads put their bodies on the line, and we said to them at half-time that it’s going to be difficult but if we could hit them on the counter-attack, we have a chance to create something.”
Nathan Cameron was brought on as a substitute in the second half, we asked Danny on his justification for the swap, he said:
“There was a lot of long balls coming into the box and I believe his I a great leader and talker and he’s unlucky to not be playing at the end of the day.
"He comes in and he’s solid and strong, he wins the headers for us during aerial attacks”.