A long midweek trip to Sutton United ended in disappointment for the Silkmen as the home side clinched all three points with two goals in quick succession after a Scott Wilson strike gave us the lead in the second minute.
Steve Watson spoke to the media after the game and admitted it was difficult game for the Silkmen.
He said: “We had the same game here last year, it is tough when you meet a team that want to put the ball in the box at every occasion, from every angle of the pitch, from every set play, from every goal kick, from pretty much everywhere.
“We defended a hell of a lot, and obviously if you’re defending that many balls in the box one or two of them will drop, one or two did drop for them but I thought our goalkeeper was absolutely unbelievable. He made some fantastic saves on his debut and as the game wears on and you start thinking you’re going to be able to hang on but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Watson was keen to praise his players for the way they dug in and defended particularly in the second half:
“The most disappointing thing for me is the fact that we conceded so quickly after the first. We said to the players the effort is unquestioned, the commitment is unquestioned…could we have played better football? Possibly. But again, when the balls in the air as much as it was it’s tough for a team like us to get the ball down.
“When we did make some passes we’ve had some chances. Gime (Toure) had a great chance at the end. I’ve been in the game a long time, and I haven’t seen that type of football for a long time but it’s proved to be successful for them tonight so we’ll take it and look ahead to how we are going to beat Gateshead now.”
By Molly Hudson