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King’s forward thinking

Macclesfield will continue to batter down doors in their bid to get back on the winning trail.

Macclesfield will continue to batter down doors in their bid to get back on the winning trail.

After league-leading Newport’s goal had suffered an onslaught in Saturday’s draw, Steve King remains convinced that they can stay on the offensive as they look to put an end their current slump.

"You can’t keep dominating sides and not get your rewards, that can’t keep happening," he said. "And we’re not going to compromise the way we play, we’ll keep playing football and plugging away.

"We’re not getting the rub of the green at the moment but anybody who watched the game today can see the difference between the top side and us – there is no difference in my opinion, but they’ve hit a nice run and they’ve managed to get over the line in games."

Statistics released ahead of the Newport clash back up King’s claim that Macc are arguably the most attacking side in the league. The Silkmen have averaged a little under two goals per game but have shipped the same number and haven’t kept a clean sheet since August.

And the Macc boss is still searching for the right formula to balance his side’s goal threat with improved defending.

"We do have to defend these situations better," he said of Newport’s opening goal. "I wasn’t happy with their centre-half being unmarked to score, players are given their men to mark in that situation and at set pieces you don’t leave them until the ball leaves that area.

"He’s been left free and he’s scored, 35 minutes of hard work undone in just one moment.

"The stats show that we’ve dominated 11 out of our 13 games possession-wise and we aren’t far away from being one of the top sides in this division.

"I think we’ve played every team in the top five now, and we’ve had two wins, two defeats and a draw, and in the two defeats we could have got something from those games. So I think everyone knows we’re a decent side on our day and we’ve had a hard run, but I’m proud of the boys.

"I think there are about a hundred points still to play for, so there is plenty of time to make up the ground. Winning three games on the bounce can put you up to second or third, and we’ve got the capability to do that."

 

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