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Mark: "The Team Spirit Showed"

27 January 2020

The Silkmen completed an inspired comeback to take all three points against Forest Green on Saturday thanks to excellent second half goals from Joe Ironside and Arthur Gnahoua

After the game, we caught up with Head Coach Mark Kennedy for thoughts on his first victory in charge -

“The team spirit showed today, and the group of lads showed that they’re a tough nut to crack in terms of togetherness.

“I was disappointed in the first half because Forest Green are an excellent side and they have a lovely way of playing but they completely changed their style today and tried to hurt us in behind because we like to press and play aggressive.”

Carl Winchester initially opened the scoring for the visitors in the first 20 minutes of the game, we asked Mark on his thoughts about his side going 1-0 down. He said: “It was a really poor goal to concede and I thought we were really naïve in the first half in terms of how we played, and I was really annoyed.”

Forest Green were awarded a penalty in the first half which was tremendously saved by new signing Jonathan Mitchell, we asked Mark on his thoughts about the decision –

“At first it looked quite soft to me, but I couldn’t really see, I said before he took the penalty that I fancied him to save it and he did. I thought it played a huge part in us winning the game as it would’ve been tough to come back from two goals down.”

“We felt that Joe needed some help up front and some pace with him, so we brought on Paddy Osadebe to help him. I thought Paddy was excellent and I’ve got to give him a lot of credit for this big win.”

Joe Ironside’s clinical strike in the 74th minute got the Silkmen back on to level terms and the Macc Town faithful were singing his name all game. We asked Mark on his thoughts about the striker’s performance –

“I love him, and I can’t begin to explain to you what a lovely lad his is and what a top team player he is, he’s the ultimate team player. I feel for him when he’s not getting goals and its my job as a coach to find a way for him to get the goals. I was so happy he scored today because he really deserves it and I was chuffed to bits when I saw it nestle in the bottom corner.”

Corey O’Keefe saw himself shown red in the latter stages of the game for his tactical foul to keep Macclesfield in the game, Mark said: “A top player takes him out in that situation and I said to him after the game that he won me the game and he’ll miss Tuesday’s game but when he’s ready he’ll come back into the team again.”

Gnahoua’s strike will be looked back on at the end of the campaign as one of the strikes of the season. The 83rd minute wonder strike snatched the three points for the Silkmen. We asked Mark about Arthur’s performance –

“I told him before the game that if he does what I want him to do off the ball then he’ll be our best player, he’s a fabulous talent and a lovely boy. We hope at the end of the season that we we’ll be struggling to hold onto him because that means he’s doing the right things and he’s performing well."

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