We set our standards much higher than what we showed on Saturday

After his team’s narrow victory over Sheffield Tigers, Macclesfield captain Tom Eaton made no excuses for the team’s performance.

“We struggled to get into any rhythm and to put any pace into the game.

“We set our standards much higher than what we showed on Saturday, so we will be working hard to put it right,” Eaton explained.

The Blues will have been hoping to pick up a four-try bonus point against a Sheffield side that is struggling in the relegation zone. But the outside half admits that, given how the game panned out, they are happy just to get the win.

“A win for Sheffield wouldn’t have been an unfair result so we should be happy to have got 4 points but it certainly felt like we had lost afterwards.”

The breakdown was a source of confusion and frustration for the players and the supporters on Saturday, but Eaton says it’s up to the players to deal with that.

“I wasn’t sure what was happening at the breakdown, it was a mess but it’s down to us to make sure it isn’t and we need to be better at sorting it out what ever the cause.”

The victory ensures that the Blues are top heading in to 2014, but the captain knows the performances need to improve if they are to stay there.

“Of course we’re happy to be top, but three teams are breathing down our necks at the minute so we need to get our performances back to where they need to be or we won’t be there for long. 

“We will be doing everything we can to put that right,” insisted Eaton.

“The biggest challenges in the New Year look like they will be some of the home fixtures so we need get back to playing well at Priory Park, let’s hope our excellent support can help make the difference.”

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