“We need to finish our home season on a high, and give our supporters something to cheer about”
Any hopes that Macclesfield Blues could do the double over relegation-threatened Luctonians were quashed by a poor second had performance last weekend. The Blues had started the game confidently, and looked all-set for a win. But a spirited fightback from the home side, and a little carelessness and complacency from the Blues, put pay to any thought of an away win. Luctonians battled for the much-needed points, and on balance deserved to win the game.
Interim Head Coach, Marshall Gadd, was not pleased by the Blues’ second half performance, and thought the team were careless. He knows that if the team make the same mistakes this weekend when Stourbridge visit Priory Park, they could be in trouble. He’s looking to the players to right some of the wrongs from last weekend, and to finish their home campaign on a high. Here are Marshall’s thoughts:
Given the form books suggested a Macclesfield Blues win at Luctonians, what went wrong at the weekend?
“We just got ‘out-enthused’. I think the simple answer is Luctonians wanted it more. I thought we gave a pretty decent account of ourselves in the first half, and did enough to suggest we could go on and win the game. In the second half we seemed to switch off somehow. Whether that’s because we were careless, thinking we’d already done enough to see the game off, I don’t know?”
“Whatever the reason might have been, there’s no question that Luctonians stepped up in the second half and played with more energy and enthusiasm than we did. So they fully deserved to win the game in my opinion.”
Is ‘carelessness’ in games something that you can address and fix as a coach, or is it something the players have to take responsibility for and deal with?
“A lot of it is mindset, and that’s something the players have to address themselves. For my part, I can guide and advise, but once they’re out on the pitch, it’s then out of my hands.”
“I told the lads after the game how disappointed I was with the second half performance. I know Luctonians were fighting for points, and needed a win to help their cause to stay in the league, but the truth is, we should be beating teams like that. So the players were left in no doubt about my thoughts and opinions after the game. Hopefully we can go into the Stourbridge game at Priory Park this weekend and right a few wrongs.”
Stourbridge are riding high in the league, and are playing well. How difficult will this week’s game be for the Blues?
“Stourbridge are a good team. They’re fourth in the league and have had a good season all round. They are a tough team, and we know we’re going to be in for a fight. We need to finish our home season on a high, and give our supporters something to cheer about.”
“For a few of the boys, this will be their last game at Priory Park, so they want to end their Blues’ careers on a high. We hope that we can celebrate with a victory and give all these boys the best possible send off.”
What threats do Stourbridge pose?
“Stourbridge are a good all-round team. They’ve got a good set piece and they’ve also shown that they have the willingness to play. It’s going to be a tough, wide and expansive game, and hopefully the weather forecast will hold to let both teams play their natural game. The pitch is firming up and getting quicker, so that should suit us. Mind you, Stourbridge also play on a 4G pitch, so they’ll be used to the speed too.”
“Whatever happens on Saturday, I expect it will be a good spectacle for the spectators. The sun should be shining, and both teams will be looking to move the ball around. I just hope we can give a good account of ourselves and get the result we, and our supporters, want.”