The Silkmen were unlucky to see themselves lose 1-0 on Tuesday evening at Rodney Parade as Newport County’s Joss Labadie goal in the first half proved to be decisive in the ‘Unsponsored Derby’.
We captured Macclesfield Head Coach Mark Kennedy’s thoughts as he spoke to the media after the game.
“I’m disappointed and frustrated, we had the two best chances of the game and it would have completely changed the game it we didn’t fail to execute them. I was disappointed in how we didn’t go with our game plan as we came here with an idea on what we wanted to do but we just didn’t do it.
“They’re a great group to work with and have a fantastic attitude. Their application is phenomal, but we just need a bit of education for the next game and Newport are a tough side to face.
“We’re going to lose games this year but more importantly we will win games! If we’re going to do that then I want it to be done in the way that we set out to play on the day."
In a game of few clear-cut chances for either side, Kennedy explained why re-inforcements are crucial before the transfer window shuts -
“I keep mentioning it but I’m going to say it again in that we need players and we need help in strengthening the team in the next few days. But we’ve got a group that is a pleasure to work with and we’ve got a good ability within that group as well.”
“I never make excuses and we’ve got another big game on Saturday which we’re looking forward to.”
“We’ve played a really tough opposition and we had the two best chances in the game, but we lost 1-0. And you saw the goal and I think he (Labadie) was the best player today by far, he was the difference.”
Ben Stephens was withdrawn from the game in the 70th minute due to injury, we asked Mark on if he had any ideas on Ben’s condition –
“Somebody stood on his foot, how bad it is I’m not too sure, but I’m relieved he didn’t twist his ankle or anything like that.”
Despite the hefty traffic and the freezing cold, the Silkmen faithful still were in attendance on Tuesday evening to support their Macc Town side, we asked Mark on his thoughts about the great support –
“Thank you so much, were very grateful and it doesn’t go unnoticed. Every game we finish the players always go over and thank them and its genuinely from the heart. Football is an incredibly expensive game to follow and were fully aware of the time and dedication they put in to support us. We’re very grateful and I’d like to say a huge thank you to them.”
The Silkmen are back at the Moss Rose on Saturday as we face Northampton Town in Sky Bet League Two and we asked Mark on his thoughts about the team’s home record –
“The home record this year has been absolutely fantastic, and we want to continue that against another play-off side and we are coming to win the game.”