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Mark Yates reacts to Macclesfield draw
*'We're giving ourselves a chance of trying to make this a great escape' - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 6th Jan 18

Mark Yates was ‘delighted’ to see his side come away from Moss Rose with a point, as Solihull Moors held Vanarama National League leaders Macclesfield Town to a 0-0 draw.

The manager particularly highlighted the way that his players performed in the first half and even admitted his slight disappointment that The Moors didn’t head into the interval with the lead.

He said: “I thought that we were the better team in the first half, but I think they showed in the second half why they’re up there and pegged us back.

“I’m delighted with the point. We came to win but when you’re under a little bit of pressure in the second half and it wasn’t quite as fluid for us going forward, I thought we were a real threat first half, it’s a really good point.

“We were disappointed at half time not to come in with a goal. We thought we had a couple of good chances and we could’ve done better on a couple of occasions.

“In the second half, we didn’t really get going and sometimes you’ve got to give credit to your opposition. You realise why they’re top of the table because they’ve got good players, they look after the ball but I’m really pleased with the effort that my players are putting in every day.”

And despite not hitting the heights of their first half display in the second period, Yates didn’t feel like Macclesfield caused too many problems for his side.

“They’re good on the training ground and they’ve done really well today. Their ‘keeper has kept them in it first half and made a couple of good saves.

“Max (O’Leary) has made a couple of good ones second half, so it’s a pleasing point.

“I think we switched off for when Max made a little double save. I think Jamie (Reckord) got caught out of position, but apart from that I can’t really remember Max making many saves.

“I think I’ve been here 11 games and I think we’ve let in five goals, maybe six and the most we’ve conceded in a game is one.

“So something is going right, they’re doing great. We need to keep working at it, keep trying to improve everything but we’re giving ourselves a chance of trying to make this a great escape.”

The hosts began the day six points clear at the top of the table as well as being on a run of 10 unbeaten – Yates took pride from the fact that his players took the game to their opponents.

“They keep the ball, they got some width in the game and tried to change it, but we dealt with most of it. A couple of shots, there weren’t too many scrambles – but we did exactly the same in the first half.

“We were the most likely looking to score. After the first five minutes where they kept the ball, I’m watching the game in their half of the pitch.

“We were strong, determined and we were dominating play to be fair at times.”

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