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King as frustrated as fans but calls for a joint effort

Macclesfield boss Steve King has called upon everyone connected with the club to pull together in their bid to halt the slide.

Macclesfield boss Steve King has called upon everyone connected with the club to pull together in their bid to halt the slide.

Macc’s defeat at Kidderminster means they’ve taken just one point from nine and dropped from the Blue Square Bet Premier summit to eighth place.

And, with tricky games against Alfreton and Gateshead on the horizon, King is hoping a coming together of players and supporters can put an end to the Silkmen’s current dip in form.

"We’ve no divine right to win this league," he told the Express. "It’s tough and I’ve said all along that getting into the play-offs is our aim – anything on top of that is a bonus.

"Maybe we all need a bit of a reality check, but we are working hard and serving up good football. The majority of our performances have been good and positive and we are creating chances.

"I’m frustrated too, especially because I shouldn’t be talking about a defeat, we should have been 5-0 up and out of sight by half-time at Kidderminster."

There were clear signs of frustration evident on and off the Aggborough pitch, with chants from the away terrace serving to fuel the all-round frustration, and Matthew Barnes-Homer taking it upon himself to demand more constructive support from those who’d made the journey to the midlands.

And while King understands that the travelling fans weren’t treated to his side’s best outing, he wants to see everyone pulling together if Macc Town are to produce a promotion-winning campaign.

"Ten days ago we were top of the league," he said. "And myself and the players were so disappointed to lose that game, especially with the number of chances we created.

"But we are serving up a decent brand of football, we’ve won at Lincoln for the first time in years and we’ve scored four goals to win at Stockport.

"We’ll lose games, we have to accept that, but I want the fans to get behind us, win, lose or draw, and we’ll do our best to give them something to cheer.

"We know we need to tighten up at the back, maybe that will be at the expense of our attacking play when we’re away from home, but we will tighten up."

King has been scratching his head after the Harriers loss, re-running the footage to unravel what went wrong, and added: "I’ve been looking over the DVD with my head in my hands, how we weren’t 5-0 up at half-time is still beyond me, and if we had been no one could have complained.

"Lance (Cronin) pulled off one good save and that’s about all in the first half, and then they score from a corner when we were sloppy at the back.

"We started the second half sloppily and even though the lads said the ball had gone over the line in the build-up to their second goal, we need to defend better. If you don’t take your chances you don’t deserve to win games, and at the moment we seem to be brittle at the back."

As he looks to take his frustration out on Alfreton this Saturday, King revealed that he has reluctantly lost the services of midfielder Euloge Ahodikpe.

"He was a bit overweight when he came to us and when he’d lost it, which he worked hard to do, we were set up in central midfield," he added.

"Kieran Murtagh has, for me, been the best player in the league this season, and Arnaud Mendy is having a good season and he possesses a real goal threat too.

"So ‘Lodge’ has had a few offers on the table and we respect what he wanted to do.

"He’s an international and he wanted to get games in.

"With the emergence of others in the midfield he just didn’t get any opportunities."

MACC’S youth team are in action today (Wednesday) as they host Wrexham in the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup (kick-off 7pm). The Henshaws Stand is open, with £3 admission (£1 concessions) for the tie.

 

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