We haven’t played out many draws this season, so Saturday’s one all came as a bit of a shock! The first half was admittedly one of the worst I’ve seen from United at Plainmoor for a while (and there’s been plenty of competition on that count!). The players just did not look ready for action. There was miss-placed passes galore, confusion all over the place and battles lost in just about every area to a lively Macclesfield team.
We really have to get ourselves up for games from the off, and it really is unacceptable to stoop to the levels of play we saw on Saturday. Anyway a short rant to start, but at least things improved after the break. With the midfield pushing further forward suddenly we were winning first balls, set pieces and then a goal from McGinty.
The big defender had a horrendous first half, jittery as if his boots were placed on the wrong feet. However credit to Sean for showing character, and his equaliser showed nice movement and a firm header placed passed the goalkeeper. He celebrated like we had won the cup, and with added confidence played better for the rest of the match.
What about the two new boys? Well Myles settled in quietly and confidently at the back (see my notes on the TT Verdict). Meanwhile Keating came on for a cameo at the end of the second half and was bright and busy. Maybe the Irishman is someone who can make an impression in the last 20 against tiring legs. It’s too early to tell, and I expect we’ll get more glimpses of him in the coming weeks. The Ronan Keating link certainly lit up Twitter this week, and puns were flying around like nobody’s business. I bet the young lad would rather have kept that quiet, but his uncle just couldn’t contain his excitement could he?!
In the end a draw against the Silkmen was fair enough, as three points would have flattered us. Our league position remains perilous. More additions are still required especially with Fitzpatrick going back to Wimbledon. Fitzy did pretty well here, showing finishing ability and some splendid crosses. The Forest Green games were comfortably his best (but that goes without saying). If only we could find more players like Dan Sparkes; his work-rate and movement consistently put the others to shame.
Shall we see more new arrivals? This GI takeover is going on forever, and the silence from them is deafening. It gives no reassurance to the doomsayers, and whilst it will all surely be ratified at some point; we have to hear more from them. It’s ok outlining a Five-Year plan and making promises when the announcement was made, but that was ages ago and the club desperately needs to find its voice.