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Joe: "It's Good To Pay Back The Supporters"

28 January 2020

Joe Ironside was full of compliments for staff and fans alike, as he helped the Silkmen onto Mark Kennedy’s first three points in charge of Macclesfield Town.

The striker’s neat finish put Macc back in the game before Arthur Gnahoua’s thunderbolt won all three points, despite being reduced to ten men.

Speaking after the dramatic victory, Joe praised the resilience of his colleagues but insisted that there was still a long way to go.

He said: “It a great group of lads. We’re all putting our bodies on the line for each other and we’re all pushing in the same direction. It’s just our team spirit, right from the playing staff to the coaching staff.

"The performances have been good since the new gaffer came in, we’re all together and were all pushing on as a team. We’re not there yet, but we’ll keep striving to make ourselves better and become a better team.

"We’ve got an unbeaten run at home which is important. Everyone knows you’ve got to pick up points at home.

"We’ve had a lot of draws but the main thing is were not getting beat. Hopefully we’ll start to pick up more points but today, it’s good to get the win and we’re hoping to kick on in Tuesday’s game.”

Joe’s goal has been overshadowed by Gnahoua’s winner, and for good reason! However, his equaliser should not be overlooked in terms of the teamwork needed to make it happen.

Ben Stephens and Ironside linked up well before the latter lashed into the bottom corner, a goal Joe says he owes to the fans for their terrific support all afternoon.

He said: “It’s a great move. Ben [Stephens] has popped it back to me, it’s a good team with some good build up play. Luckily for me, I’ve got the chance and its nestled into the bottom corner.

It felt good to pay back the fans for their support. For us as players, when the fans get behind you it does give you that extra lift. They help you play better and I’m just happy I could repay them with the goal.”


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