KEATES | We Eventually Got The Goal We Deserved

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 17 Sep 2017

It took a very late strike from midfielder Sam Wedgbury before the Reds could get on the scoresheet again and claim a point from the visitors.

Manager Dean Keates looked back on afternoon when few things went right for his team.

“It was frustrating and disappointing not to take three points at home and we had to settle for the one,” said the boss.

“We knew they would be strong, organised, disciplined and sit in. For long periods, we didn’t move the ball with enough intensity to break them down.

“Credit to the lads, after going behind to get back and get the goal we deserved in the end

“We needed to raise the intensity in the second half and it took us until the last few minutes to break them down.

“We changed a few things around to create space, as we needed to get Kells in there to create more opportunities to slip the forwards in.

“We are getting into half decent areas and had been unlucky with a first half cross that either Chris Holroyd or Bods just needed to make contact with.

“Then we should have had a penalty, before they went down the field and scored.

Wrexham's Sam Wedgbury celebrates his last gasp equaliser v Guiseley

“We don’t have a massive target man, so have to look at other ways to try and draw them out.

“While they added 10 minutes, it could have been more and we definitely deserved the equaliser, and should have pushed on for three points.

“Sam was in the right area for Shaun to win the header and it dropped right. He caught the ball in the sweet spot with a half volley, a great connection.

“We might have conceded for the first time in five games, but clean sheets are not just the back four but the whole team and we lost it with a deflected shot.”

Following injuries to both Chris Dunn and Christian Dibble, Dean had previously said he wanted to bring another keeper and landed Luke Coddington.

“As soon as we found the extent of the issues with Dibbs and probably with Dunny, his scans will be back next week, we had to go out and get another keeper.”

You can watch Dean’s post-match interview on the club’s YouTube channel, along with videos featuring goalscorer Sam Wedgbury, keeper Luke Coddington, Chris Holroyd and Marcus Kelly.

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