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Theo: "We Need To Be More Inventive"

3 March 2020

Theo Archibald provided a frank and honest assessment of Macc’s goalscoring problems in his post-match interview after defeat to Salford.

Ash Hunter’s and Richie Towell’s first half goals clinched the three points for the Ammies, but the Scotsman was disappointed with the Silkmen’s second half showing in particular as they failed to threaten Salford’s lead for the remainder of the game.

Theo said: “I’m a bit disappointed with the second half performance. For the first twenty or twenty five minutes before the goal I thought that we were in control despite shooting into the wind.

"We concede a freak goal and we don’t manage come into half time at one nil, which we probably would’ve been okay with, especially with the wind behind us in the second half. We concede the second and it becomes a bit of an uphill task.

"The second half is what were all disappointed about , we didn’t give the fans much to cheer about, there wasn’t much attacking flair.

"The conditions were poor but that’s no excuse, it was the same for both teams. It’s a disappointing game and a disappointing week all in all.”

Theo has been one of the Silkmen’s most effective attacking threats all season, however he admitted that Macc’s innovation on the ball needs to step up a gear in his honest post-match interview.

He said: “For the first fifteen minute or so of the second half, I thought we could give it a go. We always believed that we can get back into games, but it just seemed to fizzle out a little bit. We didn’t really have much quality in the final third, a lot of crosses were going in to the ‘keeper.

"The reaction was good as we didn’t concede any more goals but in the same way we needed to pressure them more in the second half. We can’t rely on one or two chances to fall our way in the game, we need to create more chances for us to score.

"You can hit the post three or four times and eventually one will go in, but you need to create those chances, unfortunately we didn’t do that today. We should be more confident and inventive on the ball.

"I don’t like talking about the conditions too much, but it is really difficult to play in the midfield when the ball is bobbling about like it does. It doesn’t allow you to switch the play as easily so you are limited to the kinds of chances that you can create.

"We need to take more care on that final ball and be a little more inventive in the final third.”

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