Managers Reaction – Macclesfield (A)

Manager Ady Pennock’s reaction to the Bluebirds defeat at Moss Rose.

Despite the result, manager Ady Pennock was eager to take the positives from the Bluebirds performance at Moss Rose whilst speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria after the game:

“I thought first half we were nice and bright, we went 1-0 up but then conceeded a poor goal. Their keeper Jalal made a great save in the first half to deny Luke James and as they say in football, goals change games. Even at 1-1 Luke had another chance and arguably could have scored and then they get the penalty. Whilst he got past Jack too easily, I thought it was a bit harsh.

After that at 2-1 you’re chasing the game and against a side like Macclesfield then they pick you off because you want to get that second goal to bring it back. Overall I thought we had a really good go and whilst I’m dissapointed with the result, I’m pleased with the performance levels, the way we have come here and with the chances that we had.”

Despite long spells of pressure from the league leaders, Barrow found themselves in good positions on numerous occasions, with the manager frustrated that they couldn’t take advantage:

“I was dissapointed with the final passes in the final third which is something we need to improve on, but we’re creating chances against a very good side so I’m not overly dissapointed performance wise. Looking at the full team, I don’t think you can say anybody didn’t have a good game, Steve Arnold made some great saves and it was an entertaining game for the neutral. But I’m standing here dissapointed to lose the game 3-1.”

New signing Nathan Waterston made his Barrow debut in Cheshire, whilst Lewis Walters made his first appearance since rejoining the club, and Pennock was pleased with both of them:

“Obviously we have had Lewis before but he pulled his hamstring and had to go back to Forest. Last time he was here he showed that he is a bright lad and we saw that with the run he went on when he came on today and he could have scored when he fired over the bar as well. He’s got good ability and good character. Nathan looked very bright when he came on too, making his debut for us. It’ll be a good week for us now to be able to work with the new faces we have brought in.”

Results went for the Bluebirds elsewhere in the National League but Ady was keen to point out that our fate is very much in our own hands:

“Results going our way are always a bonus but I just want to be positive about us because it was a good performance today against a very good side that are up there on merit. It’s a huge week now, I was so dissapointed that the Bromley game was called off for Tuesday as obviously when you win you want to be playing games and when you lose you want to be back on the horse straight away and be playing on Tuesday.

Anyone can beat anyone in this league and we need to pick up the points now, it is still in our hands and that’s the good thing about it. We’ve got to go to Maidenhead next week and we will be confident and look to go on another run because we were 3 unbeaten before today. One or two wins on the spin puts you right well out of the mix.”

We are next in action next Saturday 17th March when we travel to Maidenhead United in the National League. Kick off is 3pm.