Danny Whitaker says there are "plenty of positives” to take from the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool on Tuesday evening.
The Pools are one of the favourites for promotion this season, having only just come down from League Two at the end of the previous campaign.
Nonetheless, the Silkmen ran much of the show at the Moss, putting in a strong performance arguablyworthy of three points.
Speaking after the game, Whitaker said: “It was a good result at the end of the day. They’ll be up there come the end of the season so we’ve got to be happy with the point. How we played in the first half was impressive, so it’s just a shame we didn’t get a second goal.
“We’re unbeaten in our first two games after two tough games. Our first half performance was really positive and if we’d got a second there we’d have had the three points, no doubt.
“There’s loads of positives to take and a couple of things to work on in training, which we’ll go away and do in our build up to the next game, but we’ll just go away now and keep working hard.”
Whitaker scored the first goal of the 2017/18 season at the Moss Rose with a header in the 38th minute, and though he was happy to put the ball between the sticks, he says personal achievements aren’t important in the long run.
“It’s always nice personally but we just want to win games,” he said. “I don’t mind who scores so long as we win games and get the right result. Personally it’s nice to get off the mark, but I’d rather not score and us win the game!”
By Adam Washbrook