Danny Whitaker spoke of his pride in the level of performance on Saturday afternoon during our victory against Cambridge United as we secured our first victory of the New Year.
“We have been here before, early in the season so it’s nothing new, but I thought the lads were magnificent from one to eleven; and the subs who came on towards the end put their all into it and they got their just rewards in the end.”
Danny was quick to point out the spirit and togetherness of the group as they claimed all three points despite the departures of Daryl McMahon and Steve Gritt in mid-week.
“They have proved that in the past with the results they have churned out with the ongoing issues off the field and what have you that everyone is aware of.
“It’s full credit to them. It’s just another tick in the box for the lads and fair play to them, they have stuck at it today, and they have got the results and the three points and hopefully it will kick-start the season.
“It’s a young group and that means one thing, they are fearless, and they get on with it. They just want to work hard, learn and try and progress and that’s pretty much what we have got.
“We have got a few older heads in there who try and steady the ship, which they have done. Towards the end we were under siege and they dug in and have got what they deserve.”
Macc dominated the early stages and Danny admitted this was a conscious effort after analysing Cambridge in recent weeks.
“It was fantastic,” he said.
“We looked at them and saw that they start games slow, so we made the lads well aware that we needed to get at them from the off, and they did that so it was absolutely brilliant and I was more than happy with that.
“Sometimes you have got to do different things and look at things differently and he [Arthur Gnahoua] has done that, and it has paid off, and I can’t thank him enough for that!”
Cambridge upped their game in the second half as they looked to restore parity, and Danny admitted their inevitable improvement in the second period made his half time team talk difficult.
“Yeah, it was a tricky one because there are no two halves of football that are ever the same.
“You have to keep in mind that they are probably going to make a change, which they did, and then the game is going to potentially swing the other way, so it is just a case of keeping your feet on the ground and telling them to keep doing what they are doing.
“The lads coped with everything they threw at us, because they are not a bad outfit, and like I say three points in the bag.”
Silkmen defender Fraser Horsfall had the ball in the net for what looked to be his first goal for the club, but after lengthy deliberation between the officials, he saw his effort chalked off for offside.
“I thought it was a goal from the minute it left his foot and went in, so it must have been a tight one.
“I went to the fourth official and said it must have been a tight one because it was so touch and go but it is what it is and the lads got on with it and didn’t let it affect them going forward, and they stuck with the job in hand.
“It just shows the desire and the willingness of the lads to keep going and not sit back and try and get on the front foot and try and keep attacking.”
After a lengthy period of draws, Danny was relieved to finally get three points on the board and was full of praise for the attitudes of the players.
“It’s massive, you can’t keep drawing games. It’s nice to not be losing but when you keep drawing you don’t seem to be going anywhere.
“It is nice to get those three points and it gives them in there something to think about because now they have got another three points with another home game next weekend, it helps them look forward to that.”
Finally, Danny was keen to thank our loyal supporters for getting behind the team and praised the impact this has on the players out there on the pitch.
“It is phenomenal, the support they are giving.
“The lads put a shift in today, they put a shift in at Port Vale and they have been doing it all season so the support from the fans helps no end and we can’t thank them enough really.
“I can’t thank the staff enough also, because what with the changes it has been a short turnaround, but the staff have been magnificent helping me prepare so thank you to them.”