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Unlucky 13 for Silkmen boss

Macclesfield manager Steve King left the Aggborough Stadium rueing 13 wasted chances in front of the Kidderminster goal.

Macclesfield manager Steve King left the Aggborough Stadium rueing 13 wasted chances in front of the Kidderminster goal.

Macc drew their first blank of the season in a 3-0 defeat to Steve Burr’s Harriers, and King was adamant that – in a current problem exacerbated by his team’s defensive frailties – his side should have been out of side before the break.

"We had 13 chances in the first half, and they had one from a corner and I think one chance before that," said a despondent King after the match.

"Our domination was probably 70-30 and we go to sleep at a corner and the man that scored the goal wasn't marked.

"Players were given their jobs and were told who to mark and they were standing and gave him a free header.

"All the hard work we’d put in in taking the game to them meant they couldn’t get out of their half apart from a few little counter-attacks now again.

"You just couldn’t see how that was set up to be a 3-0 win for them."

His counterpart on the day, former Moss Rose icon Burr, below, was as delighted as King had been despairing.

After his team opened the campaign with five successive defeats, they’re now unbeaten in seven and Burr revealed some mixed emotions, claiming: "It is strange to be playing Macc, with all the work they’ve put in to get to the Football League and now they find themselves in this division.

"I’ve got a lot of happy memories from there, it’s a fantastic club and I enjoyed my time there but today I was fully behind Kiddy getting the win because we needed that.

"It was our first home win, I felt it had been coming and we defended particularly well today."

A relieved Burr was pleased that the Harriers had weathered an early Macc storm before centre-back Chey Dunkley powered in a header to put the hosts in front just before the break.

"It was against the run of play, without a shadow of a doubt," added Burr. "They were causing us a few problems, they were well on top for the first 25 minutes, though on the break with more care in our passing we could have done a bit more damage."

 
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