Returning hero Grant Holt rued a lack of ruthlessness from Barrow AFC, as he returned to the club in a 2-0 defeat to Macclesfield Town.

Holt was a second-half substitute at Holker Street two days after his arrival as player/coach from Kings Lynn Town was confirmed.

But by the time of his arrival, the damage had already been done, as the high-flying Silkmen led through goals from Jared Hodgkiss and Elliott Durrell.

The Bluebirds had missed several first-half chances through Adi Yussuf and Bedsente Gomis, and Holt felt taking any of those opportunities could have changed the entire path of the game.

“I think we just weren’t ruthless enough in both boxes,” said Holt, who made his first appearance for the club for 14 years when he came off the bench. “I think if you look at the first half, Adi’s had two or three really good chances, and if he sticks one of them in, the crowd are up and that’s that.

“We’re not happy with the goal – one ball in between the two and he puts it in the bottom corner – but the first half, I thought we edged it. The chances we had, we should have been out of sight, but that’s football.

“The second half, we came out and got at them a little bit, but a little bit of slack defending, top corner, and it’s one of them. You’re always your tails after that.”

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