Macclesfield Town assistant manager Steve Watson admits Saturday’s defeat to Guiseley was a day to forget for the Silkmen at the Moss Rose.

Macc were looking to continue their strong start to 2017, after wins against Dover and Tranmere in recent weeks in the league.

Speaking after the game to Silkmen Player HD, Watson said: “To say it was a frustrating afternoon would be an understatement. I was really disappointed in a lot of aspects. we’d been on a good run of games, we’d identified the next few games to pick up points and today we handed them two goals and weren’t good enough on the ball either.

“We didn’t play it quick enough, we didn’t beyond them with the exception of Chris Holroyd, which obviously wasn’t how we’d planned it out.

“We had a couple of good chances in the first half, certainly the two headers that we had, but overall we didn’t create enough and we didn’t move the ball enough”.

Guiseley took the lead from the penalty spot, before Holroyd’s equaliser, and conceded a second penalty in the second half which was well parried by Scott Flinders, only for Michael Rankine to score the rebound, something which Watson believes the Silkmen cannot afford to do in future games.

“When we gave the first penalty away we scored quite quickly afterwards, and then when it got to half time we knew we needed to be on the front foot from the off, but again we gave them something to hang onto in the second half. It’s hard to break a team down when you’ve given them two leads, but when we’re at home we need to be the team who’s on the front foot and grab it by the scruff of the neck, and we didn’t do that today”.

Macclesfield will be looking for a quick response tomorrow night, where they travel to Eastleigh.


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