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Ben: "We Were Very Unlucky"

20 January 2020

A second half resurgence from Macclesfield couldn’t help them slip to defeat at the hands of Colchester United in Mark Kennedy’s first game in charge on Saturday.

Ben Stephens' superb strike sparked a spell of late pressure from The Silkmen, but a quick-fire double in the first half from the hosts ensured Macc went home empty handed - a something that goalscorer Stephens was frustrated with.

He said: “We started the game okay, we tried to press but they caught us out a few times and we soon found ourselves two nil down in the first twenty minutes.

"Their first goal is great finish, he’s hit with dip and swerve which has left Reice [Charles-Cook] with no chance really. And then it’s an unfortunate one afterwards with the own goal from Kells [Kelleher] and that just the luck of it.

After that we showed character to come back and fight, and I think that’s what this team has got, we have that in abundance. I thought we were good in the end and we’re frustrated to not at least get a point out of the game.”

Mark Kennedy took charge for the first time since his return to the club and within the two changes that he made to the starting eleven was the inclusion of Stephens - who says he is trusting the new Head Coach’s processes.

Ben said: “Mark just said to carry on with what we were doing, he said he was impressed with us. He’s only had two days with us, but he’s told us to trust the process and to trust what we’re going to do.

"He told us that the next goal would be massive, and it was us that got it.

"We put late pressure on them and tried as hard as we could. We are disappointed to not get the draw, we thought we played well and we out a lot of pressure on them.

"You could see that their fans were getting on their back and we thought that we’ve got every chance of snatching something. However, it’s not gone our way and that’s just our luck lately, but we’ll carry on.”

Ben grabbed his third goal of the season with an emphatic volley from just outside the box which has prompted labels of Goal of the Season, however Ben said he was just happy to re-pay Kennedy’s trust in him.

He said: “I have to say it was a great strike! Joe’s done very well, and it’s just sat lovely for me, so it left me with no other choice. I’ve just hit it and their goalkeeper didn’t really have any chance, it’s a good goal.

"It’s good to get the goal, I think I’ve been a bit unlucky recently with a few injuries that have kept me out of the team.

"But the new Head Coach has come in and he’s put faith in me, so I’m very proud to re-pay his faith with the goal.”

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