Reice Charles-Cook made his League Two debut for the Silkmen on Saturday, as he helped the side claim a dramatic draw against Oldham Athletic.
The shot-stopper was solid between the sticks throughout, but he thought that their impressive football under caretaker head coach Danny Whitaker warranted more than just a point from the game.
Reice said: “The conditions weren’t great but I thought that as a team, we dealt with that very well. The wind was tough to play in as you saw, so to play against it and to hold out for as long as we did is a great achievement for us.”
“The boys were outstanding and I thought we deserved more than a point, but we take it because every point matters at this stage of the season.”
“It’s a credit to Whit’s [Danny Whitaker] how he’s got us playing, it seems like we’ve created a lot more chances in the last two games. We should’ve won today, we should’ve been about three goals up at half time.”
“I was hardly making any saves and we had a few good chance’s but it will come. With the things we’ve had to deal with as a team, I think we’ve done tremendously well.”
The departure of head coach Daryl McMahon came as a shock to everybody, but Reice lauded everybody at the club for their commitment through the tough times.
He said : “It was a little unexpected when the old gaffer left, but we’ve taken it in our stride, its happened to us twice now and the way that we’ve dealt with the situation on both occasions has been outstanding.”
“You’ve got to give credit for everybody in the club for sticking together, from the media team to the coaching staff, we’ve had a rough ride but we’re riding the wave very well.”
Reice has had to be patient for his chance in the first team with the heroics of Owen Evans keeping him out of the starting eleven for most of the season.
However, with Evans recalled by Wigan, it has provided the chance for Reice to shine infront of the Silkmen faithful once again and he thanked the fans for giving that extra boost of confidence just when he needed it.
He said: “I’ve had to wait for my opportunity and deservedly so, I thought Owen was outstanding and I wish him all the best in the future. He deserves all the accolades he’s going to get in the future, because I believe he has a bright career ahead of him.”
“Training every day with him and working with Kieran [Wolland], I felt like I was getting better even though I wasn’t playing. To have the opportunity today was great, I’m a little heavy on the legs now but I loved every minute of it and it’s what I’ve been waiting for.”
“The fans easily could’ve turned on me because they had Owen before me, but they gave me full confidence before the game and that was exactly what I needed.”
“I can’t thank them enough and hopefully they continue to come in their numbers, their support means the world to us.”