Hea­gerty hails his he­roes

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - ALEXAN­DER HAN­NAH

MAC­CLES­FIELD head coach Giles Hea­gerty was keen to take plenty of pos­i­tives from Satur­day’s home de­feat.

Against Dar­ling­ton the Blues took two points from a game in which they played 10 min­utes with just 12 men, and Hea­gerty felt the grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion his side showed in this pe­riod was heroic, and his play­ers de­served a lot more from the game.

“To go down to 12 men ral­lied us, it made us work hard and peo­ple re­alised what their jobs were and we did bril­liantly to not con­cede in that pe­riod,” said Hea­gerty. “Their threat came purely from our mis­takes, ill-dis­ci­pline or missed tack­les, which is the story of our sea­son.

“We’ve shown some real character – to go to 12 men is very frus­trat­ing but we have showed some real grit there, I’m very proud of the boys.”

That pe­riod of the game with 12 men seemed to gal­vanise the Blues, with men com­ing off the bench to en­sure that tired legs were no ex­cuse and to stop a Dar­ling­ton on­slaught.

“I think they thought we would ca­pit­u­late be­cause we were tired but we got our in­ter­changes right, ev­ery­one came on and per­formed,” con­tin­ued Hea­gerty. “When you’re down men in the scrum prop­ping is hard enough but with six men Josh Hearn has gone on and showed some real de­ter­mi­na­tion there. It was great to be able to bring on Tom Ea­ton too, it meant we could play with two ball play­ers.”

Hea­gerty felt that their two bonus points could be mas­sive in his side’s sea­son and says they must now build on this per­for­mance and show the rest of the league that there’s still plenty of fight left in them.

“We need to keep pick­ing up points, I said that to the guys at the very end,” added the coach. “We can ei­ther let it hap­pen and just pick up a win here and there and shrug our shoul­ders or we can give our­selves a choice.

“And that is what it is all about, we have set tar­gets for the next two or three games and in the con­text of the sea­son those two points could be mas­sive, it’s a big step.

“We’ve shown once we’ve played our shape and our tempo then we can give any­one a go­ing over.”

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