George won’t play the blame game

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

GEORGE Pilk­ing­ton is in lit­tle doubt that Mac­cles­field de­served the three points against For­est Green.

With 12 min­utes to see out Macc con­ceded an equaliser thanks to Rhys Tay­lor’s un­char­ac­ter­is­tic slip, but ever-present cen­tre-back Pilk­ing­ton (left) says no one in the dress­ing room will be lay­ing any blame at their keeper’s feet.

“We all make mis­takes but Rhys has been out­stand­ing, he’s saved penal­ties, saved a lot of shots and he’ll move on from that,” said the de­fender.

“No­body will be point- ing the fin­ger at him in the chang­ing room, that doesn’t solve any­thing, we’re in it to­gether so we win to­gether and we lose to­gether.

“He’s saved us on enough oc­ca­sions and we’ve hope­fully helped him out a bit in de­fence with some blocks, so it’s def­i­nitely a team ef­fort and when we play as a team and work as a team that’s when we’re at our best.

“You for­get just how many saves Rhys makes, and how well he’s played prior to that goal, that’s the na­ture of be­ing a goal­keeper I sup­pose, but he’s a strong enough lad to put it be­hind him and move on.”

The per­for­mance was a world away from the dis­ap­point­ment down the road at Al­trin­cham a few days ear­lier and Pilk­ing­ton, a key player in the club’s six clean sheets in the first 11 games, said the belief was back on high ahead of tak­ing on Bar­net on Tues­day night.

“We were dis­ap­pointed to only draw but we’ve kept our un­beaten run at home go­ing, which is im­por­tant,” said the 33-year-old, who made the per­ma­nent switch after an im­pres­sive loan spell last term. “We were prob­a­bly the bet­ter team through­out the first half and we had the bet­ter chances.

“It was a much bet­ter per­for­mance than on Tues­day, with­out a doubt. I think it may have been a lack of con­fi­dence but in the sec­ond half we got some belief back and that puts us on the right foot go­ing into the next game.

“In that last 10 min­utes there were some tired legs out there, my­self in­cluded, and we’ll take the draw but we know it could have been more.

“We’re feel­ing it from play­ing a few Satur­days and Tues­days in a row, it takes its toll so you just have to try to re­cover the best you can.

“There are a lot of play­ers in the squad who like the mid­week-to-week thing, it’s good for the fit­ness – it takes its toll on the body but you can’t re­ally dwell on it too much.

“Some­times you wish you were 25 again, when the legs heal up quicker, but it’s part and par­cel of be­ing a foot­baller and as long as you do the right things away from the club you should be there or there­abouts come the next game.”

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