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Mark: "We've Worked Really Hard"

20 January 2020

Macclesfield Town suffered a slender 2 - 1 defeat at Colchester United on Saturday, as Ben Stephens’ emphatic strike proved to be a consolation down in Essex.

Head Coach Mark Kennedy addressed the media and was keen to express his opinion on the result -

“It was a really scrappy game, an ugly game and there was a lot of technical breakdowns. But I thought it was very competitive and I wish it had been a prettier game of football.”

‘I thought we were a little bit naïve in the first half in terms of they hurt us down the sides and it was clever play from them and the wingers.”

Mark joined the Silkmen as Head Coach on Thursday and got right down to business as he held his first training session with the first team.

“We’ve worked really hard in the past couple of days on a specific pattern of play and we got in great positions without giving away our secrets. There were many occasions where we’ve done the hard bit, but we’ve struggled at releasing the ball and getting into certain positions.”

Callum Harriot sent Colchester ahead on 14 minutes with a fantastic effort and shortly after club captain Fiacre Kelleher was unlucky to put one through his own net to put Macclesfield double the hosts' lead.

“In terms of the attitude and endeavour from the lads it was incredible. We were unlucky going 2 - 0 down when we conceded the worldie from Colchester and the own goal from Kelleher. But I never thought we’d concede four or five, I always felt we had something in this game.”

‘I said to the lads after the game that because you’ve got a new coach and a different way of playing you might have to take a step backwards to go two or three steps forward. But in five or six weeks we’re going to be a lot further ahead with further additions and new players coming in.”

The Silkmen got themselves back into the came following Stephens’ phenomenal strike in the second half and we asked Mark about the goal -

“Ben’s a really good player. I spoke to him recently and I asked him why he isn’t playing.

"We had a good little chat about that and when I found out he was fit and ready to play I put him straight into the team. I’m pleased he scored a goal and I thought he did well. He’s a real talent".

The new head coach also spoke about bringing reinforcements in over the coming weeks -

"With the fixtures coming up I think it will help the lads out by bringing in some players into the weaker areas in the team.

“If you look at our stats we have conceded a lot of goals in the last fifteen minutes this season. I said last night that if we’re really in the game then we should let loose in the last moments and really go for the three points.”

“Some parts of the game were really good but what I was disappointed with was how we played on the ball. I didn’t think we played great today, but I also think Colchester didn’t either.”

The Silkmen’s next fixture will be against promotion contenders Crewe Alexandra at the Moss Rose and we asked Mark how he is feeling before his first home game in charge -

“Really looking forward to a home game against a really good team and a team that will come to play some great football.

"It will be nice to be in front of the home fans and show them what we can do.

"I would like to thank all the away support for coming today, as I know how far the journey is.”


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