Getting any sort of result against Tynedale was never going to be easy. After all, Tynedale are one of the top teams in the league and rarely lose at home. Still, Macclesfield Blues pushed the home side all the way for the first 40 minutes, and went into the break just 7 points down. Sadly, the performance in the second half was not what Interim Head Coach, Marshall Gadd, would have wanted, and Tynedale ran away with the game at a canter in the second period.
Next up at Priory Park is bottom club, Luctonians. On paper this should be a guaranteed win and a possible 5-pointer for the Blues, but Marshall knows that you can never take results for granted. The worst enemy for any team is complacency. If you don’t respect your opponents and play you’re A-game, then the chances are you will come unstuck.
Were you disappointed by the loss at Tynedale, or were there aspects of the game that gave you any satisfaction?
“I guess my overwhelming feeling was one of frustration. We didn’t play particularly well in the first half, yet we only went in at half time 7 points down. I was a little bit frustrated that we didn’t pick up our performance in the second half and come away with anything. We didn’t play anything like as well as we could’ve done in that second period, and that was a real disappointment for me.”
Do you put that failure to kick on in the second half down to a failure by the Blues to rise to the challenge, or was it more a matter of Tynedale upping their performance?
“Maybe it was a little bit of both. We looked like we were lacking a little bit of confidence in the second half, which is surprising because we were still in the fight at half time. Still, we should take confidence from what we achieved in that first period, and we should grow from that.”
Do you want to see the Blues playing with the same level of confidence against Luctonians at Priory Park this weekend?
“Definitely – 100 per cent. When you lose you generally look at the negatives of any performance; but what I’d like us to do is to focus on the positives aspects of our performance last weekend. It will be a different challenge all together this weekend, as Luctonians are fighting for survival. We know they’ll fight for every point and will make a real contest of it.”
Given some of the results Macclesfield Blues have put together over the last few weeks, are you confident that the team can get a result against Luctonians?
“I’d like to say yes, we’re confident: but the truth is you never really know. When you play a team at the bottom of the league, there’s always the worry that your own team feel all they have to do is turn up to get the win. That is never guaranteed, so we have to be on our game and completely focused.”
So is the overriding message you’re giving to the players this weekend – don’t be complacent?
“Exactly. Complacency can cost you games. Luctonians may be at the bottom of the table, but we have to show them respect. If we’re not at our very best, then Luctonians are capable of pulling off a shock result. Having said that, we don’t fear them. We know if we play anywhere near our best, like we have in the last month or so, then we know there’s a good chance of us getting a result.”