22nd February 2018

“The win at South Leicester was one of the proudest days I’ve had at Macclesfield Blues in performance terms.”

Oh it’s good to get the show back on the road again and get back to winning ways, especially against a team like South Leicester. Few people travelling to the game would have put money on a Macclesfield Blues win, but the team defied the odds and put in a masterful performance, much to the pleasure of Interim Head Coach, Marshall Gadd. Here’s what he had to say about the team performance last weekend, and he shares his thoughts about the next game against Sheffield at Priory Park this weekend.

How satisfying was the win at South Leicester?

“It was one of the proudest days I’ve had at Macclesfield Blues in performance terms. I thought it was a complete performance by both the forwards and the backs. Obviously, coming into the game we knew we were going to be facing a tough task as they’ve only lost 1 game at home, so we knew we’d have to perform at our very best to get anything out of the game. The most pleasing thing for me is that, despite this, we went there with lots of confidence and lots of energy and performed to our very best.”

Would you say that that was perhaps the most complete performance you’ve seen from the Blues since you’ve been at the helm?

“Definitely – 100 per cent. In recent weeks, months, even seasons, we’ve either dominated up front without having go-forward from the backs; or we’ve been able to throw it about in the backs, but not performed up front. On Saturday everything aligned, and I have to say it’s the most complete performance I’ve seen in terms of the synergy between forwards and backs I’ve seen in my 3 years at Macclesfield Blues.”

What do you think made the difference this time out?

“Well, we were forced into making 1 or 2 changes before the game because of either un-availabilities of injuries, so we travelled down to Leicester with a relatively young side. Perhaps the inclusion of the young players brought an extra dimension of enthusiasm and energy. We had a really good training week and travelled with little pressure on us, so we knew we could just go there and play our natural game. I told the boys if you play to your best and go out there with plenty energy and enthusiasm, then the result would look after itself.”

Does knowing you’ve got strength in depth make your job easier?

“It’s definitely a nice position to be in, but for me, as a coach, what I’m searching for is continuity; and if that means giving these boys some game time and giving them confidence, then that’s what I’ll do. Yes, we’ve got some of the senior players back for this weekend, but personally I think those young lads who travelled down to Leicester have earned the right to keep their positions in the team this weekend.”

What do you know about Sheffield, and what are you expecting this weekend at Priory Park?

“The Sheffield game is going to totally different to the game against South Leicester. Leicester are in a position where they’re not really fighting for anything. Granted they’re up there at the top end of the table, but they know they’re not going to get promoted or relegated. Sheffield are in a totally different position. They are fighting for every point they can get because they’re in the bottom 3. We’re in a similar sort of boat, so we need the points as well.”

“Because we were able to dominate South Leicester in parts, I think we were able to knock the fight out of them. I don’t think that will happen against Sheffield, because they’ll scrap for everything. In some aspects Sheffield play a similar game to us: they have a big pack and they’re abrasive up front, and I’m sure that will be their big strength this weekend. We’ve got our work cut out, but hopefully we’ve got enough about us to deal with the threat.”